On 2 August 2009, John Sharpe (ROCA Chairman) officially opened the revamped ROC Museum at Aeroventure (formerly the South Yorkshire Museum) at Doncaster Lakeside. Details about Aeroventure and its history can be found in the list of 2007 events on this website.
Briefly, the Museum started life at Firbeck near Rotherham, on a site which had been a private flying club before WW2 and an RAF station during the war. The Museum was set up by enthusiasts, many of who came from Whitwell (8/21) Post under the guidance of Eric Becket (Head Observer).
The Museum moved to the new site at Doncaster a few years ago and Eric was still involved, together with others such as Dennis Barber, a Whitwell Post member. In recent years, an enthusiast from Sheffield with family connections to Beauchief (8/12) Post, Simon Crane, became involved and thought that a revamp would be desirable. In this, he was encouraged by the late Geoff Cameron and the support of others, including Dennis Barber.
A number of former ROC members and friends from various Groups including Bedford, Coventry, Lincoln and York gathered for the opening together with John Sharpe and Joyce Shrubbs. We were pleased to welcome both of these individuals – especially since Joyce ensured that the National Standard was there!!
Simon Crane told the assembled brethren about the background to the project, after which John gave a short address and cut the ribbon to mark the opening. This was followed by an excellent buffet; the weather was kind and so this could be enjoyed at picnic tables in the sunshine.
Details of contacts etc for the Museum will be found in the 2007 article.
Remember that it should not be confused with the Yorkshire Museum near York
Secretary Ashbourne Section CROCA