Aviation Heritage UK, formed in 1967 as The British Aviation Preservation Council, is the national body for the preservation of aviation related items. It is a voluntary staffed body which undertakes a representation, co-ordination and enabling role.
AHUK membership includes national, local authority, independent and service museums, private collections, voluntary groups and other organisations involved in the advancement of aviation preservation in Britain. A number of overseas aircraft preservation organisations have affiliated membership.
The activities of AHUK include:
- Acting on behalf of, and to advance, the National Aviation Heritage movement
- Regular Members Meetings hosted by member organisations
- Maintaining the AHUK Logbook which contains contact information, advice etc.
- Encouraging “Best Practice” in member organisations
- Organizing a Parts Finder (Wants and Disposals) system
- Maintaining The National Aviation Heritage Register
- Maintaining the BAPC Register of Anonymous Aircraft
- Organizing conferences and seminars dealing with preservation issues
- Providing contact information for access to specialist help
- Providing free and low cost training courses for member organisation’s volunteer staff
- Developing and promoting the National Strategy for Aviation Heritage in partnership with relevant national bodies
- Encouraging collaboration amongst Members, and to provide a forum to discuss matters of mutual interest
- Pursuing matters of common interest to member organisations
- Publishing relevant information and to offer assistance
- Increasing public and political awareness of national aviation heritage
- Liaising and co-operating with other national and international heritage bodies