Jacksons Fencing tasked with securing RAF heritage museum

With priceless heritage assets continually on display at the popular RAF Manston History Museum, appropriate security fencing is an essential requirement at the location. That being so, EuroGuard security fencing developed by Jacksons Fencing has been specified for the site’s perimeter zone.

From 1916-1996, Manston airfield located in East Kent was a Royal Naval Station and played an important role in shaping the history of Britain. Indeed, the RAF Manston History Museum was opened to commemorate the history of this famous airfield. 

Home to partial and whole aircraft and artefacts, the museum aims to reflect and educate visitors on the history of the airfield, squadrons and personnel spanning the period from World War I right up to modern search and rescue operations and the subsequent shift to civil aviation. Military vehicles can also be found on display inside the museum, including two WWI trucks that were used in the iconic film ‘War Horse’.

Attracting thousands of visitors every year, the museum is funded by income from admission fees and donations and run by volunteers.

Refurbishment project

Parts of the museum were built as far back as 1917, so it was decided that the leaking roof, outdated electrics and rather tired-looking exhibits were in need of refurbishment. In addition to the maintenance works being carried out, it was also decided that a café would be added using the traditional N.A.A.F.I (The Navy, Army and Air Force Institute’s) name, with the entrance and shop reconfigured to create a more welcoming space.

Additionally, a rare plane is being restored to its former glory in order to enable visitors to appreciate both the inside and outside of the cockpit. 

When COVID struck in March 2020, the museum was forced to close temporarily, duly resulting in a drastic drop in income. Funding for the refurbishment project was then raised by RiverOak Strategic Partners and donations from the local community. 

Rigid mesh panel

The EuroGuard V-mesh fencing system is profiled to create a rigid mesh panel that remains strong over time. With its 200 mm x 45 mm apertures, it provides high visibility, which simultaneously allows clear viewing of the planes on show, while also permitting surveillance of the surrounding area for security purposes. Another key consideration was that the fencing had to allow drivers a clear view at the junction. 

EuroGuard wires are measured before coating to provide an accurate indication of strength. The wires have a 5 mm diameter, with a zinc alloy treatment on top to provide superior protection against rust and corrosion. 

The fencing for this project was polyester powder coated green to blend in with the predominant colours of the vehicles and grassy areas around the site. A single leaf gate allows pedestrian access, whiled a double leaf gate has also been installed for vehicles and to allow ease of movement for transporting the planes.

Peter Jackson, managing director of Jacksons Fencing, explained: “The museum’s management team chose to invest in a long-lasting, high-quality fencing solution. From the raw materials we transform through to the fixings we use, every detail is designed with quality, longevity and security very much in mind. The fencing is helping to protect the site and will allow future generations to learn about its magnificent and important history for years to come.”

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