Collections

The Richard Holleyman Collection

Richard Holleyman has built up a private collection of aviation artifacts over 30 years, this includes the fuselage of an Scottish Aviation 120 Bulldog plus a large collection of early material including Spartan Airways timetables, photographs, models and aircraft parts, as well as archives from the first aircraft to land on the Island in 1910.
Fundraising is helping to keep this unique collection on the Island for display at the museum.

Holleyman Collection

The Anne Springman Photographic Collection

This collection comprises over 30 photographs built-up over many years featuring many of the Aircraft that have been built on the Isle of Wight. These are now on display in the museum for visitors to enjoy.

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The Prof. Geoffrey Lilley Library

Geoffrey Michael Lilley, OBE (16 November 1919 – 20 September 2015) was an aeronautical scientist known for his work on jet engine noise reduction. His pioneering work led to him being known as the ‘father of aero acoustics’, and he played a key role in the development of Concorde.
His family have kindly donated his extensive library of scientific works to the museum and his family is represented on the museums board by his son Michael Lilley.

The Aviation Library

The museum is building an extensive library of books and magazines many of which have been kindly donated by the public. These will be available for visitors to read.