Joint venture to turn RAF airfield into military museum

First published in Bicester

A BUSINESS case is being put together to secure the future of a former RAF flying field and create a national military museum.

Bomber Command Heritage is in talks with Cherwell District Council over a proposal for the 348-acre site.

The two organisations have just over two weeks to come up with a viable bid for the former World War Two airfield, known as the technical site.

Last month the Ministry of Defence put RAF Bicester, off Skimmingdish Lane, on the market through agent BNP Paribas Real Estate.

It will be sold through a process of sealed bids and no guide price has been given by the MoD.

Barry Wood, Cherwell’s leader, said: “We are doing this to help protect the valuable heritage at the site and also to provide an opportunity for local people and visitors to share that heritage once the site is restored.”

He added Cherwell was helping prepare a business case for the site which would take place over the next few weeks.

The airfield, also home to Bicester Gliding Club, is the best preserved airbase of its kind in the country according to English Heritage and includes 19 Grade-II Listed and 16 Scheduled Ancient Monuments.

Bomber Command Heritage has launched a £2m appeal to help it buy the site. To contribute to the appeal view www.bc-heritage.org

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