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Stories of RAF Lakenheath

Investigating 70 years of airbase and community

ROYAL AIR FORCE 1939-1945: BOMBER COMMAND (CH 12677) A Stirling of No 149 Squadron at Lakenheath being loaded with 1,500lb sea mines, March 1944. Copyright: © IWM. Original Source: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205218790

RAF Lakenheath is the largest US Air Force base in Europe. Originally built by the RAF as part of Britain’s defences during the Second World War, it has hosted the USAF since 1948.This community project will investigate how RAF Lakenheath and the village of Lakenheath have co-existed alongside each other for the last 70 years.

We are looking for people to uncover these stories and work with us to share them. The ‘sharing’ could be a booklet, a display, or a digital resource, but we would also like to encourage sharing stories through artwork, drama, storytelling and music.

Take part

You could join in as a researcher, or to help share the stories that are uncovered. You will get to meet new people, learn more about your local area, be part of preserving and sharing your history,and have fun!

If you would like to get involved,please get in touch on archives@suffolk.gov.uk

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Taster Morning

Join us for a taster morning on Saturday 7th September to find out more about the project:

  • A chance to find out about the project and opportunities to get involved
  • Historic maps of Lakenheath from Suffolk Archives
  • Display of photos by Lakenheath Heritage Group
  • Performance by professional storyteller Sarah Brady
  • Tea, coffee and cake

Stories of RAF Lakenheath is a Sharing Suffolk Stories project, part of a countywide programme of activities from Suffolk Archives which will engage more people than ever before in Suffolk’s archival heritage. Find out more on the Suffolk Archives website.

Saturday 7th September, 10.00am-12.00noon

Lakenheath Peace Memorial Hall, 98 High St, Lakenheath, Brandon IP27 9EW

Free, just drop in

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Sharing Suffolk Stories

Stories of RAF Lakenheath is a Sharing Suffolk Stories project, part of a countywide programme of activities to run alongside the development of ‘The Hold’, which will engage more people than ever before in Suffolk’s archival heritage.