The American Air Museum has been granted national protection as a historically important building, and is now listed at Grade II* by the UK Government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport and Historic England, the public body that helps people care for and enjoy England’s spectacular historic environment. Our gleaming glass sculpture, “Counting the Cost,” that greets visitors as they approach the Museum is also part of the listing.
Historic England referred to the Museum’s “functional visitor-friendly exhibition space” and architect Sir Norman Foster’s “passion for architecture as an art form” when recognizing the Museum late last year.
The group also noted buildings less than 30 years old are not normally considered to be of special architectural or historic interest because such structures have not yet stood the test of time. In fact, less than 6% of all listed buildings are designated Grade II*.
That makes this accolade all the more significant. We are grateful for this latest recognition of the Museum as a part of history that also preserves history. We encourage you to share in the pride of helping to build and maintain such a magnificent home for aircraft and a stirring memorial to American airmen who gave their lives while flying from UK airfields to defend freedom during World War II.