Moray attraction is named ‘museum of the year’

Morayvia chairman Mark Mair.
Morayvia chairman Mark Mair.

A Moray tourist attraction has been named as the best of its kind in the country.

Kinloss-based Morayvia was crowned Aviation Heritage UK’s museum of the year in a ceremony at the weekend.

Volunteers from the attraction travelled to the historic Duxford airfield in Cambridgeshire for the awards bash.

Morayvia, which was formed in 2011 with the aim of preserving and celebrating the region’s military aviation heritage, beat off established attractions from across the country to win the honour.

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It follows the charity being presented with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service last year and the Duke of York being named as a royal patron of the group.

Chairman Mark Mair said: “This is another great achievement and fantastic recognition of all the volunteers we have.

“Our members have all played a significant part in helping turn an idea into a successful enterprise helping to preserve aviation heritage.

“There are many members of Aviation Heritage UK ranging from the Imperial War Museum, Rolls Royce and others, many prestigious names with decades of experience, which makes this award even more special.”

Grenville Johnston, Lord Lieutenant of Moray, said: “I was delighted to learn Morayvia has added the title of ‘museum of the year’ to their list of accolades but I am not really surprised because it is such a great museum to visit. It’s yet another reason to visit Moray.”

Aviation Heritage UK was formed in 1967 with the aim of linking national, local and independent museums, collections and voluntary groups to aid preservation efforts.