This Easter holiday we will explore the mighty Lancaster in our AirSpace exhibition, one of the most successful British heavy bombers of the Second World War. Gather around the Lancaster to find out about the role it played in the war and hear personal stories of the men who crewed the aircraft.
At 11.30am, join our lively talk about the incredible story of the Royal Air Force’s No. 617 Squadron and the Dambusters raid, possibly the most famous Lancaster operation. Our history interpreter, dressed as a Lancaster crew member, will describe this bombing campaign and share the science behind inventor Barnes Wallis’s ‘bouncing bomb’, which is in our collection.
At 12.15pm, our history interpreter will present the second engaging talk of the day sharing stories of Bomber Command’s heroic Victoria Cross winners. Hear the story of Andrew Mynarski who gave his life to save his friend and the story of Norman Jackson, who climbed out onto the wing of his Lancaster in flight to extinguish an engine fire.
From 1.15pm join the history interpreter for a walk-around tour of the Lancaster to experience it close up. Find out how the aircraft worked, what the crew did and how the ground crew helped to keep the aircraft in the air.
Between the talks from 11am to 3pm there will be an opportunity for children to try on uniforms and handle real Lancaster crew equipment.