Founded 1987 as a registered charity (1003689), the Hovercraft Museum Trust is the worlds greatest collection of Hovercraft archive, film, and historic craft, dating back to John Thonycroft’s 1870 air lubricated boat models and the then Dr. Cockerell’s 1955 annular jet experiments.

We currently operate a board of four trustees:

  • Louise Jenkins – Chair
  • Alexander Wheeler -Treasurer
  • Douglas Coulson
  • Benjamin Avery

The trustees in turn are supported by our management team:

  • Operations Manager
  • Shop Manager
  • Duty Managers

Current Patrons:

  • Lord Hotham
  • Lord Somerlayton – Hugh Crossley
  • Earl Of Leicester – Lord Tom Coke
  • Sir Raulph Fiennes
  • Christopher Band
  • Joseph Sullivan

Past Patrons:

  • David Mellor Jameson, MBE, FRAeS
  • Lady Mary Wilson of Rievaulx
  • Ray Wheeler