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The volunteers who run the museum are exceptionally helpful and knowledgeable and displays are well organised. Well worth a visit.

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The Archive

The Archives

The Croydon Airport Society has steadily developed the Croydon Airport Archives since the Society’s inception in 1978. Growth of the Archives increased rapidly from 2000 when the opportunity arouse to lease two large rooms in the former Grade II listed Gate Lodge adjacent to Airport House. The Archives record the history and development of Britain’s first major international airport, in all its guises, the associated people, events and organisations that were the key part in launching international air travel. Not only does it chart the 44 years of Croydon Airport, it also charts the rise of commercial aviation in the UK.

The Archives contains over 100,000 documents, 10,000 images, videos and artefacts. It has great research value and has been used extensively by the BBC, National Geographic and numerous authors. 

Enquiries to access the Archives should first be directed to the National Archives via the National Register of Archives. The link is here: http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/nra/searches/subjectView.asp?ID=B38170

The Croydon Airport Archives are managed by the Croydon Airport Society, an independent charity. To fund the Archives, we do request that a donation is made to the Croydon Airport Society. A suggested minimum donation of £10 would be greatly appreciated.

We welcome donations to the Archives of all items relating to the history of Croydon Airport.

Information on the history on Croydon Airport is held in the following areas. The list is not exhaustive:

  • Royal Flying Corps Station Beddington
  • National Aircraft Factory No.1
  • Waddon Aerodrome
  • Royal Air Force Station Beddington
  • London Terminal Aerodrome, Croydon
  • Air Port of London, Croydon
  • London Airport, Croydon
  • RAF Croydon
  • Croydon Airport

Further examples of information held pertaining to: 

  • Air Traffic Control- Principle concepts (e.g. Controlled Airspace and Radio Position Fixing)
  • Imperial Airways and predecessor airlines
  • British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC)
  • International European airlines
  • Marconi and ground-air radio communications
  • Record-breaking pilots- Amy Johnson, Bert Hinkler, Alan Cobham, Charles Kingsford-Smith
  • 1st generation airline pilots
  • 1st generation Civil Air Traffic Officers (Air Traffic Control)
  • 1st generation air transport infrastructure