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