Lewis Morley and Amber Leslie test their sea survival skills at the National Museum of Flight. Photo © Neil Hanna WEB

Learn sea survival skills at the National Museum of Flight this half term

Families can test their sea survival skills at the National Museum of Flight this half term. Supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, special workshops and activities will take place at the museum in East Lothian on 15 & 16 and 22 & 23 October.

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Sea Survival will offer visitors the opportunity to get hands-on and discover skills and equipment used by RAF’s Coastal Command.  

Outdoor workshops will teach children aged 7 and up how to survive on a desert island, from safely lighting a fire to bushcraft. Families can also climb aboard a real-life raft in the Concorde Hangar and handle equipment used by the RAF from the Second World War to the modern day, before exploring the historic airfield and hangars filled with fascinating aircraft and interactive displays. 

The support of players of People’s Postcode Lottery means that Sea Survival is free with museum admission. 

Steve Mclean, General Manager at the National Museum of Flight, said: 

“We are delighted to offer free family activities this half term, thanks to the generous support of players of People’s Postcode Lottery. We hope our young visitors will enjoy diving into the stories and skills of the RAF’s Coastal Command while exploring everything the National Museum of Flight has to offer.”  

Laura Chow, Head of Charities at People’s Postcode Lottery, said: 

“This Sea Survival event is a fascinating and fun way to learn about the history of the RAF’s Coastal Command. We are thrilled that players of People’s Postcode Lottery are supporting this brilliant programme of family activities at the Museum this half term. Player support has enabled many such initiatives. To date, players of People’s Postcode Lottery have raised over £900 million for thousands of good causes” 


Visitors to the National Museum of Flight this October can also take part in Operation Sabotage, Scotland’s only escape room experience on an historic airfield. Taking place on  29 and 30 October, the experience is suitable for those aged 14 and over. For more information and to book, visit nms.ac.uk/exhibitions-events

The Museum is home to Scotland’s only Concorde and visitors can see an example of the iconic Supermarine Spitfire that played such an important role in the Second World War. The attraction houses the family-friendly Fantastic Flight gallery with its interactive exhibits where visitors can explore the science of aviation and discover how aeroplanes fly. They are also able to learn about East Fortune’s wartime heritage in the Museum’s Fortunes of War exhibition. 

Notes to editors

1. About the National Museum of Flight  

Located on the UK’s best-preserved Second World War airfield, the National Museum of Flight in East Fortune is home to a world-class collection of aircraft, from a Supermarine Spitfire to Concorde. It explores the history of aviation from the First World War to the present day through interactive galleries, supersonic experiences and historic hangars. 

The National Museum of Flight is open seven days a week from 10am until 5pm.  
General Admission: Adult (16+) £12.50, Conc £10.50, Child (5-15) £7.50, (under 5’s free).  
Family ticket £33 (2 adults and 2 children).  
National Museums Scotland members free.  
Find more information and book tickets online at nms.ac.uk/flight 


2. About National Museums Scotland 


National Museums Scotland is one of the leading museum groups in the UK and Europe and it looks after collections of national and international importance. The organisation provides loans, partnerships, research and training in Scotland and internationally. Our individual museums are the National Museum of Scotland, the National Museum of Flight, the National Museum of Rural Life and the National War Museum. The National Museums Collection Centre in Edinburgh houses conservation and research facilities as well as collections not currently on display. 


Twitter: @NtlMuseumsScot  

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