An Avro Anson flown by No. 206 Squadron. Details of the aircraft can be found at RAF Bircham Newton Heritage Centre,

Easter will see the annual opening to visitors of an RAF heritage centre.

The season of open days at the Bircham Newton centre starts on Easter Sunday and Monday, April 12 and 13.

There will then be other opportunities to take a look around the centre over the May Bank Holiday on Friday, May 8 and Sunday, May 10 with further open days planned in May, June, July, August and again later in the year.

Opening hours are 10am to 4pm with free admission and refreshments available.

The centre, based at the National Construction College,  has memorabilia on display including photographs and personal memories of servicemen who served at the base along with other related items.

The Anson VX-B was the first of Bircham Newton’s aircraft to be shot down in the Second World War on September 5, 1939, just two days after Britain declared war on Germany.

Visitors to the heritage centre can find out all about the aircraft and its New Zealand pilot, who survived to become one of the  first prisoners of the war.

The centre also has a unique collection of memorabilia from the former RAF station’s past service which spanned more than 44 years.

Find out more about the centre and the dates for this season’s open days online at or search RAF Bircham Newton Heritage Centre on Facebook. 

The construction college is located off the A148 and B1454.