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The Archive


The Croydon Airport archives have been steadily developed since the inception of the Croydon Airport Society in 1978. Growth of the archives increased rapidly from 2000 when the opportunity arose to lease two large rooms in the former Grade II listed Gate Lodge adjacent to Airport House. The archives record the history and development of Britain’s first major international airport, in all its guises, and the associated people, events and organisations that were a key part in launching international air travel. Not only do they chart the 44 active years of Croydon Airport, they also chart the rise of commercial aviation in the UK.

The Archives contain over 100,000 documents, 10,000 images, videos and artefacts. It has great research value and has been used extensively by the BBC, National Geographic and numerous authors. 

We welcome donations to the archives of all items relating to the history of Croydon Airport.

We do request that any requests for information from the archives are accompanied by a financial donation to the Trust. Thank you.