The Nanton Lancaster Society was formed 28 years ago with the goals of honouring the Canadian contribution to Bomber Command and the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan. The current 37,000 square foot facility displays thirteen aircraft and associated interpretive displays, artwork, and military vehicles. The museum also includes a library, archives, and restoration shops. The museum has gained both national and international recognition as a leader in commemorating the efforts and sacrifice of those who served with Bomber Command during WW II.
The museum has evolved into a facility that restores aircraft to runable/taxiable status. This ability is being constrained by extremely limited tarmac space and the lack of a suitable, designated area from which visitors may observe the aircraft. Additional aircraft are being acquired and restored. As these efforts progress, particularly when aircraft are assembled with wings attached, we require additional display space for them. Expanded areas are required to accommodate our future development, special events and expansion of educational programs and exhibits featuring women and indigenous who served Bomber Command.
The Society is proposing to build a 33,600 square foot hangar facility immediately northwest of the existing facility with an adjacent 56,700 square foot tarmac/parking area. As well as a large open area for aircraft display and special events, the building will include additional interpretive display areas, an aviation art gallery/lounge, a theatre, meeting room, kitchen and food preparation facilities, washrooms, restoration shop, and storage area.
How Will Your Donation Help?
Your donation will be part of the HOME FOR THE HEAVIES capital campaign to build the new hangar and tarmac for the Lancaster and the incoming Halifax bomber. Large gifts will be considered for naming rights within the new hangar. The current funding focus for the Museum is the new hangar and to complete construction within two years.