Grant made for WW1 project
Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire, part of Lincolnshire County Council and working in partnership with West Lindsey District Council, has received a confirmed grant of £423,500 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for its project ‘Lincolnshire in World War One: Bastion in the Air’. The project, which will begin in early 2017 and run through to 2020, aims to highlight the importance and significant contribution the county made to the defence of the country and the development of aviation in World War One.
Thanks to this grant Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire will be able to offer the public the opportunity of seeing a depiction of a World War One airfield, including flying replica fighter aircraft from the period, within a hangar on an operational RAF station in 2018. In addition there will be an exhibition held at the collection in Lincoln detailing the technical and social advances that such an important hub in military arms production brought to the county.
There will be travelling exhibitions at community centres and village halls at locations throughout Lincolnshire, detailing specific themes to local areas and what their particular contribution was. Community volunteers will be recruited and given training on supporting this project. A comprehensive educational programme is also planned to run for the entire period in question.
The story of Lincolnshire’s part in the defence of the realm against the aerial threat of the Zeppelin and the menace of the U-boat is one of national importance. Lincoln was one of the world’s largest aircraft production centres in World War One. Through the development of the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service, units of which were based at airfields around the county, the world’s first independent Air Force — the Royal Air Force — came into being. Furthermore, the social changes in the workplace, where thousands of women were employed in previously male-only engineering roles, will be a central theme to this story.
Commenting on the award, AHL’s Dave Harrigan and Phil Bonner said: “We are delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund has given us this support. We have a story here from a century ago, much of which is not widely known, which will be of huge interest not only to the people of Lincolnshire but also those wider afield as well.”