Join us as we bring wartime stories to life at the National Museum of Flight this May.


Join us as we bring wartime stories to life. The programme will has plenty for all ages to enjoy including:

First and Second World War Encampments

Visit German, American and British wartime camps and meet re-enactors to find out about life at the front, and see some military vehicles.

Tactical and Battle Displays

Watch demonstrations of military tactics and a Second World War battle re-enactment in our arena.

The Ragtime Dolls

Hear songs from the 1940s performed by this Glasgow based vintage trio.

Fly Right Dance Co

Enjoy social dance performances from both World War eras, with a chance to join in and learn the steps. 

Commemorative violin performance

Thoren Ferguson will play pieces on two special violins made by Steve Burnett to commemorate poets Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon, and see the violins up close in between performances.

Meet the Pilot

Wing Commander Bob Wright retired from the Royal Air Force in 2009, having initially served as a navigator on the Vulcan and Tornado GR1 aircraft. Hear him talk about his incredible experiences.

Expert talks

Hear about the history of the Forgotten Fronts of 1918 and the life of Dr Elsie Inglis and the Scottish Women's Hospital.


Join storyteller Nicola Wright for a piece about women's football around the time of the First World War (suitable for ages 8+).

Pop-up performance

A Second World War Spy Master tries to recruit a Land Girl to become a spy. See if you can spot the characters around the site, and join us for a family friendly pop-up performance.


Practice your strategic skills with some table top wargames.

Wartime film footage

Watch propaganda films and wartime footage of the local East Lothian area.

Object handling

Get hands-on with some original objects including a pilot's jacket and flechettes.

Dress up Selfie Station

Get dressed up and become a Cold War spy, or a First World War era civilian at our themed selfie station.

Code Cracker Challenge

Can you crack the code in this family friendly craft activity?

Family crafts

Get hands on with crafts and activities for all ages.

Food and drink

Take a break and a bite at our onsite café, or grab a tasty burger from the Well Hung and Tender catering van.

Header image: The Ragtime Dolls © Neil Hanna.

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Event information


6 May 2018


National Museum of Flight, East Fortune Airfield, EH39 5LF

How much

Adult £14/Concession £12*
Child £9 (under 5s free)
Family of 4 £37 

National Museums Scotland Members free

* 60+, students with valid NUS or Young Scot card, unemployed with ID, disabled people. Carers of disabled people free.

Booking information

Book online or call 0300 123 6789

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By bus, train, bicycle or car

Find out how to get to Wartime Experience here.

National Museum of Flight
East Fortune Airfield
East Lothian
EH39 5LF

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