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Stories of RAF Lakenheath and RAF Mildenhall Research Volunteer

RAF Lakenheath is the largest US Air Force base in Europe. Originally built by the RAF as part of Britain’s defences during the Second World War, it has hosted the USAF since 1948. RAF Mildenhall was first established in 1930, and has been home to the USAF since 1950, and has been 'The Gateway to the United Kingdom' for most US military personnel and their dependents arriving or leaving the UK since 1958.

This community project will investigate how these airbases and their surrounding communities have co-existed alongside each other for the last 70 years. Find more information on this project here.

Volunteer Researchers will uncover stories in the archives and record memories from people who have lived and worked on the airbases and the surrounding communities.

What's involved?

You will be supported by the Project Co-ordinator and the Community and Learning Officer for West Suffolk to:

  • Conduct research into the history of how the communities of RAF Lakenheath and RAF Mildenhall and the surrounding areas have lived alongside each other since the Second World War. This could include archival research and collecting memories from people who have lived/worked in these places
  • There will be opportunities to record oral histories. Training will be provided
  • Work with the Volunteer Project Coordinator and Community and Learning Officer to create an effective system to log research
  • Support the Volunteer Project Coordinator to develop opportunities to engage new audiences with research findings
  • With the Volunteer Project Coordinator, consider opportunities to write blog pages and content for Suffolk Archives social media
  • Support evaluation of the project with requested project information and feedback
  • Support the Exhibitions & Interpretation Officer in curating exhibitions and events based on project research

Why get involved?

  • Opportunity to develop research skills, while enabling people to discover their own local history
  • Chance to meet other volunteers and share the stories you discover with a wider audience
  • Enjoyment and fulfillment
  • Travel expenses are funded

How to get involved?

  1. Sign into your account or sign up to Volunteer Makers.
  2. Accept the challenge.
  3. Await a response from Suffolk Archives with more information.

Ideal Skills

  • Copywriting
  • Research
  • I'm based near Bury St. Edmunds

Ideal Interests

  • Community Engagement
  • Creative and Arts
  • Learning and Education
  • Local History
  • I'm based near Bury St. Edmunds

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