Warwick’s 30 years with the Hovercraft Museum


The Hovercraft Museum being presented with an Engineering Trust award.

Warwick (left) being presented with the Engineering Award for the SRN5 restoration.

After an eventful 30 years with the Hovercraft Museum, our longest running trustee, Warwick Jacobs, has decided to step back from his role as trustee. After devoting such a long period to the museum to make it what it is today he has decided that now is a perfect time to pass the torch on. While still being involved with the museum, hopefully for another 30+ years, he aims to take some time to focus on his art career (see some of his art here) and fulfilling his dream to relocate to France with his partner.

Many people know Warwick “as the museum”, which is no small part down to his exceptional job as a PR/Spokesman, representing us in the local community, news articles and reports, numerous hovercraft productions and even national television! However, this is only the public side of what Warwick has done.

Back in 1986, along with members of the Hovercraft Society Council, a subcommittee was set up to investigate the creation of a designated hovercraft museum.  In 1987 Charitable status was applied for, and granted in 1988.  Twenty-five trustees and six landlords later, the Museum now has a large site with an SRN4, BH7, and many other important craft. In the last year, the museum has been able to open all year round, welcoming over 5000 visitors from all around the world, including people from Germany, France, America, Canada, The Netherlands, and Belgium! With this brilliant surge of interest in Hovercraft, the museum membership has grown vastly with a fresh influx of eager volunteers that work hard every weekend to restore and maintain a growing collection of craft.

Warwick has overseen some truly great museum achievements over the years, such as seeing Sir Christopher Cockerell take control of a hovercraft on his 80th birthday flypast, receiving a Transport Trust Award for the restoration of our SRN5, winning our hangars listed status and even bringing, not one, not two, but three SRN4 craft onto the site over the last few years! The campaign to save The Princess Anne was an extremely successful one, collecting over 22,000 signatures and successfully stopping the scrap men from destroying a unique piece of British engineering heritage.

Here are a few words from Warwick:

“It is always so rewarding to see the museum getting stronger and the enthusiasm and team of the volunteers in what is become a world class one off museum for hovers.”

“I wouldn’t be stepping down now if it weren’t for the healthy position we are in with great new talent in trustees to see us on into the 21st century! I certainly have not abandoned the cause and my heart and best wishes remain with the group!”

We hope you will join us in giving Warwick a massive thank you for his service and congratulating him on his achievements!

The Museum Trustees
Louise Jenkins, Alex Wheeler, Steve Henderson, Rob Hiseman, Doug Coulson