This is a Heritage Lottery Funded project telling the story of First World War aviation heritage of the county. The entire project will run until 2020. All information is listed on www.VisitLincoln.com/raf
Background: Lincolnshire – Bastion in the Air
This is a Heritage Lottery Funded project telling the story of First World War aviation heritage of the county. The entire project will run until 2020. There will be a series of travelling exhibitions throughout the county during the three-year period, as well as two major static exhibitions – the first will re-create a Royal Flying Corps airfield in the Dambusters’ hangar at RAF Scampton, and the second will tell the story of Lincolnshire’s contribution to First World War aviation at The Collection Museum.
Bastion in the Air Exhibition: WW1 Airbase at RAF Scampton
The exhibition at RAF Scampton will be housed in the ‘Dambusters’ hangar and will feature the recreation of part of an RFC airfield ‘somewhere in France or Flanders’, including three replica aircraft. Running from 6th April to 24th August 2018 the RAF Scampton exhibition will tell the history of Scampton in the First World War and of individual RFC and RNAS personnel with a local connection. Visitors will be need to book in advance and they will receive a guided tour of the RAF Scampton Heritage Centre and the Bastion in the Air Exhibition; tours will be free of charge.
Bastion in the Air Exhibition: Lincolnshire in World War One at The Collection
The exhibition at The Collection will run from 26th May until 9th September 2018 and tells the story of the rising threat to Britain from airship and aircraft attacks– and how the British responded, which included forming the RAF in 1918.
The role of women during this critical time in history is highlighted throughout the exhibition, telling incredible stories of women who left tradition domestic roles to instead build and engineer aircraft thus paving the way for future generations. A number of museums in Germany are supporting this exhibition with information and artifacts. Lord Ashcroft is kindly lending us the original Victoria Cross awarded to Lt William Leefe Robinson for shooting down an airship over Hertfordshire, the first one destroyed over Britain by a fighter aircraft. There will also be a model zeppelin that is over five metres long.
Learn about the contribution by Lincolnshire to British aircraft production during the First World War. Many people are not aware that Lincoln was one of the world’s largest aircraft manufacturing centres at the time. The image below is a screen grab of the new RAF Lincolnshire Tourism Video showing women in aircraft production in Lincoln.