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The Society

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The Society

The Charity

Historic Croydon Airport Trust

We are the independent charity that champions the history and heritage of London Croydon Airport. Our mission is to help everyone explore how the people, events and innovations at the world’s first modern airport shaped air travel 

The Historic Croydon Airport Trust was founded in 1978 as the Croydon Airport Society. It set out to conserve the history and heritage of London Croydon Airport, Britain’s first major international airport, for the benefit of the community. In 1983, the Croydon Airport Society became a registered charity to be better support it's mission of conserving one of Britain's most significant historic places. 

In 2016, the Charity Commission approved conversion of the Croydon Airport Society to a Charitable Incorporated Organisation under the name of the Historic Croydon Airport Trust. The Historic Croydon Airport Trust is Charity Commission registered under number 1166732

This website includes information, images and learning resources on the history of Croydon Airport from World War I until closure in 1959. Also included is information about the Croydon Airport Visitor Centre micro museum and the charity that runs the micro museum.

We are an independent charity, funded by members’ subscriptions and donations, run by volunteers for the benefit of the community.

The Croydon Airport Society was a major stakeholder in developing the Croydon Airport Visitor Centre in the Grade II* listed Airport House, Croydon.

Researchers should first contact the National Register of Archives via the National Archives for further information.

The Croydon Airport Society is Charity Commission registered under number 287303.

 

Historic Croydon Airport Trust

What we do: 

  • Operate the volunteer led Croydon Airport Visitor Centre in Airport House
  • Help schools and youth organisations with learning about London Croydon Airport
  • Research and record the history of Croydon Airport: civil, military, technological innovations and developments, social and cultural aspects
  • Manage an extensive archive containing 100,000 documents, images and artefacts relating to London Croydon Airport
  • Exhibit at shows and other local events
  • Produce regular newsletters
  • Welcome volunteers to help us conserve the national heritage of London Croydon Airport