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