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UK Museums: Barrow in Furness * Bedford * Caernarfon * Diss  *  East Fortune  *  East Warden  *  London  *  Hendon  *  Pembroke  *  South Kensington *  Yeovilton

I have located a number of museums in the United Kingdom with airship exhibits (or reported to have airship exhibits). If I encounter other museums in the UK which are verified to have an airship exhibit they will be included here.

Barrow in Furness: The Dock Museum

This museum is very near the port and hangar location of the Mayfly! Given the rich airship history of this area, this museum is assumed to have airship exhibits!

The Dock Museum

Photo credit: Undetermined

Website: The Dock Museum

The museum is located at 54.111927° N 3.239736° W, Barrow in Furness, UK.

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Bedford: The Higgins, Bedford

I hesitated listing this entry here as this is not a typical museum. It's more of an art gallery which, due to the rich airship history of the area, puts on exhibitions of airships. Until 17 Sep, 2017, the Higgins has an exhibit of the "Shorts Brothers" who built the great airships at the famous Cardington Hangars. Previously, from October to December, 2010, they held an exhibition on the R-100 and R-101.

The Higgins

Photo credit: M J Richardson

Website: The Higgins

The museum is located at 52.135931° N 0.464079° W, in Bedford, UK.

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Caernarfon: Airworld Aviation Museum

This museum is said to have one or more exhibits on airships though I have not been able to independently confirm it.

Caernarfon Museum

Photo credit: Google Earth

Website: Airworld Aviation Museum

The museum is located at 53.100245° N, 4.337858° E, in Caernarfon, UK.

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Diss: Diss Museum

Very nice display and large model of the R-34. You can't beat a "free" admission museum with an airship display!

Diss Museum

Photo credit: Undetermined

Website: Diss Museum

The museum is located at 52.376939° N, 1.108932° E, in Diss, UK.

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East Fortune, Scotland: National Museum of Flight

This airfield is the site of the origination of the first ever Atlantic crossing by an aircraft, the airship R-34. The museum here is said to have one or more exhibits about airships.

National Museum of Flight

Photo credit: Undetermined

Website: National Museum of Flight

The museum is located at 55.995231° N, -2.722991° E, in East Fortune, Scotland.

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East Warden: Shuttleworth Airfield and Museum

This airfield is also a museum reported to have one or more exhibits about airships.

Shuttleworth Airfield

Photo credit: Google StreetView

Website: Shuttlewroth.org

The museum is located at 52.088942° N, 0.321714° E, in East Warden, UK.

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London: Imperial War Museum

The Imperial War Museum really doesn't focus on Lighter than air, but does have a few interesting military displays of zeppelins, mostly about WWI raids and their effect on London.

Imperial War Museum

Photo credit: Undetermined

Website: Imperial War Museum

The museum is located at 51.496385° N, 0.108618° W, in London, UK.

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Hendon: RAF Museum

The RAF Museum at Hendon is said to have on display a couple of airship control cars, including a mock-up of the control car of the Nuli-Secundis.

RAF Museum

Photo credit: http://www.targeta.co.uk/hendon_museum.htm

Website: RAF Museum

The museum is located at 51.598444 N, 0.239378 W, in Hendon, UK.

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Pembroke: Carew Cheriton Airfield, former Royal Navy Airship Station

Carew Cheriton Airfield is the First World War Royal Navy Airship Station "Milton". It was formed in February 1916 with the building of two 120ft x 318ft hangars of corrugated iron with large windshields. Two hydrogen storage facilities, wooden huts and canvas workshops and an area of tented accommodation for personnel were also constructed. To accommodate the new fixed winged aircraft deployed from 1917, a Bessonau hangar was built along with several additional wooden buildings. The corrugated iron hangars were dismantled in the late 1920s when the base was re-developed to form RAF Carew Cheriton.

As an airship field in WWI, operations included SS-class (Submarine Scout or Sea Scout), SSZ-class (Sea Scout Zero) and C-class (Coastal-class or 'Coastals') non-rigid airships. The mission was to surveil the Irish Sea, Bristol Channel and Western Approaches on anti-submarine patrols. Displayed are a growing collection of artifacts, a fully kitted out reconstructed WW2 control tower.

There is a monument out front is dedicated to those who worked at the airfield from 1915-1918 and 1939-1945. Surrounding the monument are cement blocks which were airship mooring weights.

Carew Cheriton Airfield

Photo credit: Panoramio by Will Wonder

Website: Carew Cheriton Control Tower

The museum is located at 51.692018° N, 4.818416° W, Carew Cheriton, near Pembroke, UK. The museum is operated during limited hours. Any visit should be verified by checking with the website.

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London: Science Museum South Kensington

Said to have one showcase dedicated to early French non-rigid airships, one with models of British rigid airships and a model of a Thunder & Colt hot air airship and a last showcase with several models of the Airship Industries (now Airship Technologies Inc.) Skyships.

Science Museum South Kensington

Photo credit: Google Street View

Website: Science Museum South Kensington

The museum is located at 51.497993° N, 0.174152° W, in South Kensington, London, UK.

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Yeovilton: Royal Naval Air Station (RNAS)

This museum of the Royal Navy is said to have exhibits about airships.

Royal Naval Air Station (RNAS)

Photo credit: Undetermined

Website: Royal Naval Air Station (RNAS)

The museum is located at 51.015560° N, 2.636050° W, in Yeovilton, UK.

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