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Bastion in the Air Exhibition

  • May 26, 2018 to September 9, 2018
  • 10:00am to 4:00pm

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Lincolnshire in World War One

Discover Lincolnshire's story of aviation development, production, and defence in World War One at an exhibition at The Collection in Lincoln.

This Bastion in the Air exhibition focusses on the rising threat to Britain from aerial attacks by airships and the British response to that threat, featuring a host of artifacts, models, images, and much more.


Some of the items on display:

  • The original Victoria Cross awarded to William Leefe Robinson for his actions in shooting down a German airship in September 1916, with parts of the wreckage presented to him;
  • Decorations and badges of German airship crew members, on loan from German museums and never displayed in the UK before;
  • Original uniforms, memorabilia and stories of members of the Royal Flying Corps and Royal Naval Air Service;
  • Munitionettes. Women stepped in to help the war effort on a huge scale and many were recruited to make munitions. Nicknamed 'munitionettes' they helped make Lincolnshire one of the world's largest aircraft manufacturing centres.
  • 'All About Daisy'. A special collection of postcards and letters shared with her loved ones provides a unique insight into the true story of Daisy Lavender, a real-life 'Heroine of the Home Front' from Lincolnshire.

Don't miss the accompanying exhibition at RAF Scampton: a recreation of a WWI airfield on display from April 5th - August 31st.

Children's Craft Workshops

There are workshops for children aged seven and over to bring the themes of the exhibition to life, including a craft to make and take home. Each session costs £2, including the craft to take home, and takes place in the Orientation Hall:

Bastion in the Air is supported by Heritage Lottery Fund, Lincolnshire County Council, West Lindsey District Council, and Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire.

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Times & Prices

Saturday 26th May - Sunday 9th September 2018

  • Daily: 10am - 4pm (last entry 3:45pm)
  • Late night opening on Fridays in August: 10am - 9pm.

Entry to The Collection museum is free but admission to the exhibition is charged. You can book your tickets on The Collection's website:

  • Adults (over 16): £5;
  • Seniors: £4;
  • Children (up to 16): £3;
  • HM Forces Personell (ID required): £3;
  • Family: £10.

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