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RAF Museum lands support from Foundation

The Richardson Brothers Foundation has continued it long standing relationship with the RAF Museum, which operates a site at RAF Cosford in the Midlands, by supporting the Museum's £22.1million 'Midlands Development Programme'.

Edward Sharman (L), Head of Development at the RAF Museum, receiving a Foundation donation from Carl Richardson (R)

Edward Sharman, the RAF Museum's Head of Development, received the donation from Carl Richardson, on behalf of the Richardson Brothers Foundation, during a recent business roundtable event that was hosted at the Richardson offices in the West Midlands.

The Museum’s Midlands Development Programme has been developed in conjunction with local communities and partners, and is aiming to transform the site at RAF Cosford.

Specific elements of the Programme include:


  • An immersive, internationally-relevant exhibition focusing on the critical role of the RAF over the past 40 years, and looking into the future. Central to this narrative are the RAF’s strategic partnerships and its leadership in Space and Cyber warfare.

  • A state-of-the-art learning centre. The Museum currently welcomes around 430,000 visitors per annum, with 30,000 children in school groups. They are currently at capacity for school bookings due to lack of space. The new centre will expand capacity and enable the museum to deepen and extend both formal and informal learning programmes.

  • A new 'Collections Hub', enabling the Museum to share stored collections with the public for the first time, both onsite and as a springboard out into local communities.

  • Beautiful outdoor spaces for discovery and contemplation, set in a woodland landscape and new public realm and supporting the Museum’s Carbon Net Zero by 2030 target.

A spokesperson for the Richardson Brothers Foundation said:

"We are delighted to have been able to support the RAF Museum's Midlands Development Programme.

The RAF has played a critical role in the history of the UK since its inception a little over 100 years ago, and both Roy and Don Richardson were extremely proud to have served in the RAF after the Second World War.

In fact, eight members of the Richardson family have served in uniform from the last century to the present day.

The Museum's site at RAF Cosford is one of the few national museums to be located in the West Midlands and is therefore of particular significance.

It also offers a great day out for school children and families, and we are excited to see the enhancements planned as part of this campaign come to fruition."

More information on the RAF Museum and their Midlands Development Programme can be found at:

The Richardson family has a long history of supporting the military. More details on this can be found here: Support for the Military | Richardson (


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