My name is Andrew Bell.
I am an anything Air Ministry enthusiast who seems to spend far far too long each day hunting down Air Ministry marked furniture.
I live in Belgium with my better half but am originally from Carlisle in Cumbria in the UK. Collecting stuff is hard from here but I keep trying.
If anyone has any items for sale then drop me a line.
Anyway, what was the Air Ministry?
The Air Ministry (AM) was a department of the British Government which had the job of managing the affairs of the RAF. The AM was in existence from 1918 to 1964 and was under the political authority of the Secretary of State for Air. It was proposed by Lord Curzon at a meeting of the Joint War Air Committee on the 15th February 1916 that an Air Ministry be created to stomp out the squabbles between the army and navy sides and make things more effective.
Without boring everyone too much, after a few squabbles and Air Boards later, on 17th August 1917 a chap called General Smuts presented a report to the War Council on the future of Air Power. Due to the realisation of the potential massive devastation an air power could cause he recommended the creation of a new and separate air service, not controlled by either the navy or army. This new air service would receive direction from a new ministry. And so the rest is history. On 29 Nov 1917 the Air Force Bill received Royal Assent and the AM was formed 2 months later on 2nd Jan 1918. Lord Rothermore was appointed the first Air Minister. On 1st April 1918 the RAF was born.
The AM was first located at Hotel Cecil on the strand then moved in 1919 to Adastral house on Kingsway in London.
In 1964 the AM was merged with the Admiralty and the War Office to form the Ministry of Defence.
In the years it existed, the AM marked and stamped and marked and stamped in a repetitive and exceedingly thorough manner practically every item of equipment it purchased, produced and owned right down from the humblest of items such as the pencil to bells, to furniture, uniforms, and up to aircraft parts and pieces.
It is the items of mundane humanity and day to day existence that this blog is devoted to and the focus of my obscession. Anyone who has any items as such, please feel free to contact me and share your discoveries.