About the RAF100 Schools Project

History can be created when people develop technology and the world around them

The Historical Association and the Institute of Physics have teamed up to deliver an exciting project for school and youth groups as part of the Royal Air Force centenary celebrations.

2018 marks 100 years of the RAF – this project will help schools and young people to learn about the men and women of the RAF and how they have affected the world we live in today!

Schools are used to being targeted with STEM projects or for historical anniversaries, but they rarely get an opportunity to learn about both history and STEM together.  The RAF100 Schools Project uniquely uses the professional understanding of historians and physicists working in education to create an active learning opportunity for schools and youth organisations, exploring 100 years of the RAF and its changing role and personnel.

Topics to explore will include: The First and Second World Wars; The Cold War; The Falklands Conflict; Humanitarian relief; and medicine. All of these topics will be contain a scientific perspective and an historical examination.


For the first time every past and present RAF base has been plotted into an interactive map. This includes all RAF bases (as well as earlier Royal Flying Corps and Royal Naval Air Service bases) that have existed in the UK and for global operations over the past 100 years.

You can zoom in and explore the bases of the First and Second World Wars or investigate the Cold War and the later twentieth century. The maps demonstrate just how close most people are to a slice of RAF history.

Explore the maps of RAF bases


The RAF centenary is a time to ‘Commemorate, Celebrate and Inspire’ – this project does all three and provides a legacy to continue those things well beyond 100 years.

The Historical Association

The Historical Association supports the teaching, learning and enjoyments of history at all levels, bringing together people who share an interest in and love for the past.

Founded in 1906 by a small group of history teachers and academic historians the purpose of the HA is to support teachers, to encourage the teaching and learning of history, the need to research and distribute ideas on the teaching of history and to represent the needs and interests of teachers of history to Government and other authorities with control over education. HA is the membership body for history teaching.

Its members include many thousands of history teachers and schools, academic historians, museum and heritage organisations, students of history of all ages and many individuals who just love history whether they studied it at school or college or came to enjoy the subject later in life.  HA has over 50 local branches across the UK.

The HA provides a range of events and publications and reaches over 24,000 weekly through its communications.

Visit the Historical Association website 

The Institute of Physics

The Institute of Physics (IOP) is a leading scientific membership society working to advance physics for the benefit of all.  We have a worldwide membership from enthusiastic amateurs to those at the top of their fields in academia, business, education and government.

Alongside professional support for our members, we engage with policymakers and the public to increase awareness and understanding of the value that physics holds for all of us.  Our subsidiary company, IOP Publishing, is a world leader in scientific communications, publishing journals, magazines and websites globally.

Visit the IOP website