The centre was formed in 2012 when a bequest from one of the founders of the international Vintage Glider Club, Chris Wills, enabled us to build our first hangar. Since that time, the centre has grown rapidly and we now have the largest collection of historic gliders in this country. Most of the gliders have been donated by owners who want them to be preserved and if possible, kept airworthy. We added a second hangar in 2018 and recently built a modern workshop to enable us to undertake major restoration projects and routine maintenance. All the infrastructure has been financed by generous donations. In particular the building of the workshop was made possible by a large bequest from one of former members Trish Williams.
Our primary objective is to preserve the history of British gliding and make this available to the general public as well as pilots and aviation enthusiasts. We are a "living" museum and aim to keep as many of the historic gliders flying as possible. We welcome new members who would like to support our aims and take part in our activities. Details of how to support us can be found on the the Join Us and Donations pages.
The Gliding Heritage Centre is a registered charity (No 1148972) and a private company limited by guarantee (No 7992376), run entirely by unpaid volunteers. We are located on Lasham Airfield near Alton in Hampshire where we enjoy the support of the Lasham Gliding Society (https://www.lashamgliding.com/). We also have close links to the Vintage Glider Club (https://vintagegliderclub.org/).