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Cataloguing the Roger Freeman Collection

By AAM on 24/07/2014


One of the photos in the Roger Freeman Collection that was in need of cataloging (FRE 4462)

We have been combing through Roger Freeman’s photographic collection and gathering as much information as we can on each picture in the collection. We have then written up a digital record entry attached to a digital copy of each photograph. In September, the first 3,000 of these 15,000 images will be available to view and download from the new AAM website. Each photo will have its accompanying information, whether that's on the front of the print or on its reverse – doubly important as the reverses have not been digitized – displayed with the picture for easy viewing. This will be combined with any details pertinent to the photograph we have researched or gleaned from Roger Freeman’s paper archive. Now, to show you what that means in practice, I’ll cheat slightly and use a picture processed a few weeks ago to explain the procedure.

Sharing your key moments

By Lucy May on 02/06/2014

"The Officer-in-Charge there gave me a cigar and all of them shook my hand and congratulated me and my wife"

Fred Kidd remembers the response of the Americans when news of his son's birth came through. His son Tony sent those memories through to the AAM.

Checking in...

By Carl on 31/03/2014

Carl in Washington DC for the Mutual Concerns Air & Space Museums international conference in 2014.

Hello! I'm Carl Warner - Lucy has asked me to introduce myself, as I’ve thus far been a silent member of the American Air Museum team, at least in terms of the AAM blog...

Life On Base?

By Lucy May on 26/02/2014

A print stored by Roger Freeman with those of the 355th Fighter Group (FRE 2957).

You never can tell what you’re going to come across next in the Roger Freeman Collection.

RAF Molesworth then and now

By Jenny on 12/02/2014

Group photo by the B-17 in the AAM

Colonel Kristin M. Baker, Colonel Elizabeth A. Coble and Peter Park from Molesworth visit the American Air Museum, hosted by Executive Vice-President, Phil Reed (centre), and Project Leader, Jenny Cousins.

At the American Air Museum, a lot of our time is spent concentrating on the events of the Second World War, but another important focus is its consequences.

AAM secures Heritage Lottery Fund support

By Jenny on 17/01/2014

Heritage Lottery Fund logo

The American Air Museum team is thrilled to be able to announce that the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has awarded us a grant of £980k/$1.6m towards our project.

For those of you outside the UK, the Heritage Lottery Fund distributes money raised through the National Lottery, to support the UK's heritage. It has had a major impact on the resilience and vibrancy of the sector, investing £5.9 billion in a diverse range of projects since 1994. (For more about the HLF, see

Duke's Jumps

By Jenny on 13/12/2013

Jenny in the middle with Major (Ret.) Henry 'Duke' Boswell, flanked by Duke's friends Josh and Dawn.

Meeting the men and women who did extraordinary things during the Second World War is one of the privileges of my job.

Her Service Record

By Jenny on 05/12/2013

Journalist Virginia Irwin interviews Lt Glennon T Moran

Virginia Irwin from Missouri, talking to Lieutenant Glennon T ‘Bubbles’ Moran of the 352nd Fighter Group. It is one of the pictures that we selected for our temporary exhibition ‘Somewhere in England’, which you can still catch at IWM Duxford up until March 2014.

Here is a sneak preview of one of the remarkable people who will feature in new displays in the American Air Museum.

Let's rewind to Thanksgiving Day 1944...

By Lucy May on 28/11/2013

British Prime Minister Winston Churchill speaks at the Royal Albert Hall, London, on Thanksgiving Day, 23 November 1944.

The broadcast from the Prime Minister as was on Thanksgiving Day 1944 went as follows:

AAM visit 100th BG Museum

By Lucy May on 26/11/2013

AAM Project Leader Jenny Cousins in the Control Tower at Thorpe Abbotts, home of the 100th Bomb Group museum.

Last week the AAM team visited the 100th Bomb Group museum at Thorpe Abbotts, Norfolk.