is not your usual type of museum and it certainly isn’t a large grey
building with all the exhibits neatly arranged on shelf after shelf in glass
cabinets - ask any of our visitors!
The Davidstow Airfield and Cornwall
at War Museum (usually known by the shorter title Cornwall at War Museum) is located on part of the old WW2 airfield
RAF Davidstow Moor. The museum,
which covers about two acres, officially opened in June 2008 with just a few
buildings and artifacts but since then has grown year by year. There are now
18 separate buildings (including four of the original buildings from the
1940s) and literally thousands of items for the visitor to see as well as
other larger exhibits in the museum grounds.
Although extensive information is displayed about this former RAF
station (from its opening on 1st October 1942 until its closure at
the end of 1945) there is a very definite tri-service theme throughout the
museum. Individual buildings have displays and information on every RAF
existed in Cornwall together with coverage of the Royal Navy (including the
Royal Marines and Fleet Air Arm) and the British Army.
Civilian activities are not forgotten either as many displays show the
part that they played in various conflicts.
Not just British Forces either as American and German artifacts are
also on display. Although the
emphasis is largely on WW2 there are exhibits covering both WW1 and the
Falklands. (In case you are
wondering, Davidstow Moor was used for training purposes prior to the
The starting point of a visit to the Cornwall
at War Museum is the cinema which has a film showing how the museum
started – useful for comparing the images of the previously derelict
buildings with what you will see later on!
Most of the buildings have audio/video systems which will increase both
your understanding of the content and also your enjoyment of the visit.
Further information about the museum can be found here on the website and
if you are thinking of visiting (but are not yet quite sure) then you might
want to read some of the comments made on the page titled “Visitor
Comments”. Just click on the
Finally, we should inform you that next to us
there is another, smaller, museum. This can be confusing for visitors so to
ensure that you find us please drive though the blue double gates in front of
you and then on to the car park inside.
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