If you are conducting your own research concerning airfields, military history, industrial history or if you have a particular requirement for a project you are working on either personally, professionally or for your studies, there is a lot we can do to help.

  • We can conduct research on your behalf
  • Carry out archaeological surveys
  • Conduct research within archive collections (ours and others)
  • Provide access to the information in our own archives.

Please get in touch and we will do all we can to help, guide or provide advice.

As it's name suggests, members of Airfield Research Group have been carrying out research into primarily airfield related historical items since 1973. Airfields and the related infrastructure have always been the main focus, but because of the members’ wider interests, these activities have extended into many other related areas such as Navy, Army, railway and industrial sites.


The type of work we have completed over the years has enhanced our knowledge base on a wide variety of subjects through fieldwork, and historical record research, either on site or in the various archives around the country. With regards to research, the obvious starting point is The National Archives, but there are many more local and private archives and collections that are also a wonderful source of information and this includes our own. Fieldwork has also included recording buildings, pavement surveys, airfield planning as well as participating in archaeological activity from crashed aircraft digs to 'lost' airfield defence structures..
The type of work we do researches and develops the knowledge base on a wide variety of subjects through documentation and historical record research in the various archives around the country. The obvious one being The National Archives, however there are many more local and private archives and collections that are a wonderful source of information. Work has also included recording buildings and land surveys as well as participating in archaeological activity from crashed aircraft digs to 'lost' airfield defence structures.

Our activities have resulted in ARGL developing an internationally recognised expertise base that continues to build and record this knowledge for future generations. Our reports follow guidelines published by Historic England for recording buildings as well as the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists.

Work has also been carried out on behalf of various organisations including local government departments, developers and building contractors to support their activities in planning and building development. Also associated with building activity our members have been instrumental in getting various, historically important, buildings and structures listed on the National Heritage List. Heritage statements, character studies and even de-listing of buildings are also areas that the group has been actively involved in.

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