Royal Aeronautical Society honours the memory of Sir Arthur Marshall


The Royal Aeronautical Society has introduced a series of Aeronautical Heritage Awards as part of their celebration of the Centenary of Flight in the United Kingdom. The first Aeronautical Heritage Award is being presented to Marshall of Cambridge on Tuesday 9 September in memory of Sir Arthur Marshall.

The Award, which is a very handsome cast bronze plaque, will be placed on the wall of the Marshall of Cambridge Control Building and will be unveiled by the President of the Royal Aeronautical Society, Captain David Rowland and Mr Michael Marshall, Chief Executive of Marshall of Cambridge (Holdings) Limited.

The Aeronautical Heritage Award reads: Sir Arthur Marshall OBE DL MA Hon FRAeS 1903 to 2007, Aviation Pioneer who made a crucial contribution to the training of RAF pilots prior to the Battle of Britain and developed a world class entrepreneurial aircraft engineering company.

Captain David Rowland, President of the Royal Aeronautical Society said: 'We are delighted to have been able to establish our Heritage Award Scheme during this year, the centenary of powered flight in the UK. I am particularly delighted to be able to unveil this award in recognition of Sir Arthur Marshall, one of the visionaries and pioneers of that first hundred years and with it, to recognise his contribution to the history of British aviation.'

Mr Michael Marshall CBE DL, Sir Arthur Marshall’s son and Chief Executive of Marshall of Cambridge Holdings Ltd said: 'Our Aerospace Company is a corporate member of the Royal Aeronautical Society and we have enjoyed a very strong relationship with the Royal Aeronautical Society since our very beginnings in aviation in 1929. In more recent years this has also included a strong involvement with the Cambridge Branch of the Royal Aeronautical Society of which my father was the Honorary President until his death last year. We are both delighted and honoured that Sir Arthur Marshall and the Company has been recognized by the Royal Aeronautical Society in this way.'

The Council of the Royal Aeronautical Society will be present for the unveiling of this plaque together with a number of members of the Cambridge Branch of the Royal Aeronautical Society and a number of specially invited VIPs. These will include David Howarth MP, Professor Dame Anne Dowling of Cambridge University, the Mayor of the City of Cambridge and representatives of business.

The unveiling will take place at 12.30pm following two very short speeches.

The Royal Aeronautical Society was founded in 1866 and details can be found on their website:

Marshall of Cambridge was founded in 1909. Details of the Company can be found on their website:


For further information contact:

Group Support Executive
The Marshall Group of Companies
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Tel: 01223 373227 (Office)
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Founded in 1909, the Marshall Group has a turnover of £2.5bn and over 5,700 employees. Headquartered on a 900-acre site in Cambridge, Marshall has three principal arms to the business: Aerospace and Defence; Property; and Ventures.

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