Chris Fenwick – Aircraft Access Volunteer
I’m Chris Fenwick and I am a former design engineer for a lighting control company. I have volunteered for the RAF Museum for a year and a half. I live a short distance from the Museum so when I retired I had a look online and saw there was an opportunity to join the Cold War Experience team. I applied and a short time later was accepted and given a date for a training course.
Then only a week after that I was conducting my own cold war experiences and did so every month from then. Over time I then became involved in other volunteering opportunities at the Museum including the Aircraft Access team which was easy to do due to the similarities in the role.
You don’t need to know everything about aircraft to be part of the team, you will be taught everything you need to know in your induction, if you have some interest in the subject and don’t mind the trouble of finding out information for yourself before leading an experience you will be perfect. Also bear in mind whilst having the knowledge to share with visitors is great the most important thing you need to remember it is that your main role is ensuring visitor safety when they are getting in and out of the aircraft.
If I had to pick a favourite era of aircraft to assist with I would have to say the First World War. Although in both world war’s aircraft technology dramatically progressed, the way it did in the First World War is truly staggering which is why I love directing those experiences.
I’d urge someone to join the Aircraft Access team because its great fun finding and talking to people with a common interest to you – but more than that the satisfaction of seeing a smile on someone’s faces after the great experience they just had is boundless.