On Saturday 21st August 2021 Museum staff, friends and family gathered to bid farewell to Trevor Matthews, when in honour of his final wishes, his ashes were scattered along the runway at Headcorn Aerodrome by an Aerolegends Spitfire.
Trevor was one of the co-founders of the Museum at the tender age of 15, when he along with his father Jack Matthews and a group of ex-RAFA members started up the Museum in 1971. Trevor dedicated the majority of his life to the Museum so it seems fitting that his ashes was scattered on the runway of a place he called his second home.
With Trevor's passing the Museum has made changes to its day to day management and is extremely pleased to announce that Caroline Matthews, the widow of Trevor will steer the Museum alongside Sonja Bailey. Caroline will manage the visitor experience and carry out the duties of the Administrator and Sonja Bailey will manage the collection. Both will share the responsibility for the retail arm of the Museum. Dave Campbell who was the Collections Manager will become the Museum's Curator and Advisor.
As far as we are aware we will be the only privately run Aviation Museum to have two women at its helm.
The photo below shows (left to right) Caroline Matthews, Dave Campbell and Sonja Bailey.
On Sunday, 23rd May 2021 Jackie Bartlett, Trevor Matthews' sister and her husband Colin visited the Lashenden Air Warfare Museum to present a Teddy Bear Jackie had made out of one of Trevor's old fleece. The Teddy Bear has a vial of Trevor's ashes in it and has been put in the cockpit of the Reichenberg, an exhibit that was Trevor's pride and joy. This is a fitting tribute to Trevor and one that will stay in the Museum so he can keep his eye on the place and the people within it.
The photo below shows Caroline, Trevor's widow, Jackie Bartlett and Robert, Trevor and Caroline's son.