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On August 3rd 1914, No2 Squadron left Montrose to lead the Royal Flying Corps to war. The first British aircraft to land in France was one of their aircraft, a BE2 piloted by Lt Harvey-Kelly seen in this photograph taken at Lythe near Whiby on his flight South.



This has inspired the ‘First in France 1914’ project for which the Heritage Centre has been awarded a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The event is being organised by Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre in partnership with the Royal Air Force and the Western Front Association. The event is also supported by Angus Council and Museums Galleries Scotland.



          Saturday 2nd August 2014


   Open Free to the Public 10am to 4pm


The theme is “Children of Today and the First World War”. For modern children the First World War is ancient history yet it almost certainly affected their family, most definitely affected their community and shaped the world they live in. An important aim of the First in France 1914 project is to engage the interest of children in this terrible but defining conflict by an imaginative use of the performing and graphic arts to fire their imagination and encourage their active involvement in discovering the past and how it affects us today.



Art Competition
Kirsten Walker, a local artist will be in the Learning Zone to receive pictures and constructions brought by visiting children or which will be made with her help and advice on the day. They will be put on exhibition in the Learning Zone. There will be a prize for everybody and a special prize for especially good efforts


Digital Roll of Honour
Part of the “First in France 1914” project is to identify all the casualties at Montrose in the First World War and to discover as much about them as possible using social media. This project will involve local schools and be carried out by primary school children. What it involves and how it is progressing can be seen at the event.


Western Front Association
Our partner organisation will be on hand to explain its role in researching and publicising the history of the First World War.


Find your First World War Ancestors
How did the First World War affect your family and community? Find out how to research your military ancestors.


Imagine what it was like to wear a uniform
Children will be able to dress up as a Nurse or WRAF, a Soldier or Airman of the First World War and to learn what wearing the uniform meant.


Send a radio message from Montrose
Our amateur radio station will be broadcasting. Send a message about the event to the world. 



            Sunday 3rd August 2014


               Closed to the Public


         Admission by Invitation Only



The focus of the second day of the event will be on the men of the Royal Flying Corps who left in 1914 to begin an entirely new form of warfare. Invited guests will include the families of men who served at Montrose during the First World War.



Opening Times

The Air Station is open from April to October, Wednesday to Saturday, 10am - 4pm.
Open Sundays all year round from 12pm to 4pm.
Other times by arrangement.

Entry via Broomfield Road, follow tourist 'brown' signs
Telephone: 01674 678222 (answerphone).