The delayed opening for museums has put an £86K hole in the income stream for a Hampshire attraction.
Despite the good news of being able to welcome the public back in, the Army Flying Museum, which has had to close for 9 months over the last year, has spoken out about the challenges of having to stay closed for a further three months.
The Government announcement on Monday, which stated that museums could reopen on 17 May, was met with both excitement and disappointment.
Lucy Johnson, Chief Executive Officer, said: “We cannot wait to welcome the public back to the Museum. It has felt far too quiet amongst the aircraft and we are so excited to hear the buzz of visitors again.
“We are an independent charity and whilst we benefit from MoD support, this only makes up a small percentage of our operating costs. We are dependent on ticket income, corporate hires, education visits and event income to maintain the heritage of Army aviation.
“The Museum finances have taken a huge hit over the last year and will continue to do so until May.
“Every minute we are closed will make it a little bit harder to recover.”
The Middle Wallop based museum has launched an appeal called #AFMHelpUsFlyHigh and a number of fundraising initiatives to gain support including discounted annual passes for advance tickets, Adopt an Aircraft and three free months on Museum Membership.
“Our brand new event ‘Wallop Wheels and Wings’ is looking likely go ahead on 3 July and will see 40 unique aircraft and 300 classic and super cars descend on Middle Wallop for a brilliant day out for all the family.
“We have not stopped throughout this pandemic and we don’t plan to now.
“But we do need your help.
“If you can spare a few pounds, every little really does make a difference.”
To get your discounted tickets for when the Museum reopens, book now using the code ‘Flyhigh’ when purchasing online and receive 15% off.