In view of Government guidelines on reducing the spread of Coronavirus, the SOFFAAM Council has decided to cancel forthcoming talks.  The status of talks is under constant review and will be re-instated as soon as possible.  When we can re-start the talks programme, this will publicised here on our website, also on that of the Museum.

If you have bought a ticket on-line, the Fleet Air Arm Museum will be refunding those payments.

Enquiries about talks can be made to 07768 562976

Society of Friends of the Fleet Air Arm Museum

The Society of Friends of the Fleet Air Arm Museum (SoFFAAM) was formed in 1979. A thriving and active organisation, its object is the education of the public by promotion, support, assistance and improvement of the museum through the activities of a group of members. It aims to achieve this object by a lively programme of events, including talks and excursions. Some details of these events can be seen in this website.

View our introductory video here:

The Society draws its membership from a broad cross-section of society (by no means all from a military background) at home and abroad. Membership at present exceeds 1,000 and continues to expand. The membership fee has been held at £12 per year for several years and the Society’s Council has no plans to raise this in the near future. Members are invited to contribute to our lively Journal “Jabberwock” (provided free of charge to all members).

Members who wish to receive reprints of individual articles from the Jabberwock archive (which includes every copy from the earliest days) should contact the Editor (see the contacts page for details). For individual articles, this service is at present free. We have a long-term aim to provide a comprehensive index for the archive, although achievement of this aim will depend partly on the level of demand.

SoFFAAM is a Registered Charity, No. 280725.

Aviation and Maritime paintings of John Finch

John has been painting maritime and aviation works for 40 years and this will be his first exhibition for 20 years. Much of his previous work hangs in collections worldwide. A proportion of the profits from sales of this group of paintings will be donated to the Fleet Air Arm Museum.

This large body of work covers biplane fighters of the 1930s to the jet age of the 1950s, and includes the Spitfires and Hurricanes of the 1940s. His marine paintings span from the Age of Sail to the express liners of the 1930s.

There are a number of paintings bringing marine and aviation together, showing Royal Naval carriers together with their air component, the Fleet Air Arm.

Opening reception (socially distanced) 2-4pm on Saturday 12 September
Then daily from 12 to 25 September 2020, 11am-4pm.
Location is Guggleton Farm Arts, Station Road, Stalbridge, Dorset DT10 2RQ.

FAA Museum entry is now available

Entry to the the Fleet Air Arm Museum is available from 14 August 2020. SoFFAAM Members MUST book a ticket/time slot using a special portal


Usual membership concessions are suspended in the short term. If a member brings guests, they will have to purchase standard entry tickets from the Museum website

This will hopefully be reviewed in the near future but please bear with the Museum staff as they give back the valuable benefit of Museum entry to SoFFAAM members

Join Us!

SoFFAAM is actively seeking new members. Click here to read more and download an application form.