SOMERSET’S Fleet Air Museum will be showcasing First World War naval records as part of the annual Heritage Open Days this September.

Heritage Open Days is a once-a-year event celebrating the country’s inspirational architecture and culture by offering free access to places that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission.

The Fleet Air Arm Museum is making Sunday September 13 a First World War Royal Navy Family History Day, to draw attention to the enlistment papers and service records that are held in archive.

During the afternoon there will be three free tours of the document stores showcasing the records held at the museum.

Spaces are strictly limited for these.

Additionally in the museum on that day (entry fee applies) there will be:

Talks in the morning which include:

• Navigating naval records with sample batches of records and photos from the archive available for viewing.

• The story of the Royal Naval Division – the service records of ratings and officers who served in the RN in the Great War

• Records held at the Fleet Air Arm

• Guest speakers are William Spencer of the National Archives and Kim Sharman, ex Fleet Air Arm Sea Vixen pilot and champion of the Royal Naval Division.

To find out more about the Fleet Air Arm Museum’s programme for Heritage Open Days this year or for more information on the other museums visit the news and events page on or telephone Fleet Air Arm Museum 01935 840565