Because the Royal Aero Club archives are of national and international importance to the history of flight and an important starting point for research into aviation in the United Kingdom, the Royal Aero Club Trust took steps to ensure that these archives, comprising written, printed and photographic items, were safeguarded for the benefit and enjoyment of future generations.
Thanks to many hundreds of hours of dedicated work by NADFAS (National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies) Heritage Volunteers spread over two years at the Royal Air Force Museum in Hendon, the archives which were in serious danger of deterioration, have now been stabilised.
To unlock their research potential and to make the information from the archives more accessible to anyone – at work, school, college and home – from anywhere in the world the 907 files of the archives now need to be indexed. This task will require specialist skills and knowledge.
After indexing it is essential that they are microfilmed and digitised (a) to ensure their long-term conservation and (b) so that the contents can be made available on the Web. This work can only be undertaken when we have obtained the necessary financial resources.
In the meantime it has now been decided to publish the basic listing of the contents of the 907 files on the Royal Aero Club Trust website. We hope that this transitional measure will immediately provide researchers and the public with the means of conducting further searches through access to documents.
Listing of the contents of the boxes comprising the Trust's archive collection - searchable pdf version
Please note that the catalogue is best searched using the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader which is free to download.
To search the listings please follow the steps below:
If you have any problems please feel free to email us selecting the 'website' subject option.
The Royal Aero Club Trust wish to thank the following people and organisations for the preparation of this catalogue:
Pins and Needles...and Paperclips - an article written by Tony Newton about the Royal Aero Club and its archives.
The Royal Aero Club Trust