Imperial War Museum Duxford

Historic Duxford


Historic Duxford is a new exhibition and historic site trail for families which explores Duxford's time as an RAF airfield from 1918 to 1961.

With many things to watch, listen to, have a go at, wear and even smell, Historic Duxford paints a vivid picture of daily life at RAF Duxford. Hear and see fascinating personal stories told by the men and women who worked and lived at RAF Duxford, in sound and film.

The exhibition recreates in its exact location the original 1930s Watch Office, from which the duty pilot would record the activities of landing and departing aircraft and tells the story of the men and woman that lived and worked there.

Complementing the Historic Duxford exhibition is a heritage trail around the historic site with eight interactive posts. Each post features audio memories from veterans who worked at RAF Duxford. Both the exhibition and trail detail Duxford’s own story – covering its eventful past and fascinating people.


Paragon was principal contractor on the project and developed and worked with both the IWM Duxford Interpretation and Collections team and London-based MET Studio to complete the design development, build and installation of the gallery fit out, which included model making, props, set works, and mechanical and AV interactives.


IWM’s Press Office said “The displays will enable children and adults to understand famous events in IWM Duxford’s history from the perspective of the people who were there. They will also understand how events changed the physical development of RAF Duxford – including the ‘domestic site’ where people relaxed, ate and slept – as it was modernised, adapted and expanded”.

Our Client: Imperial War Museum - Duxford
Designed by: MET Studio

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