Simon Atack teams up with AHL
Internationally renowned aviation artist Simon Atack has teamed up with AHL in readiness for the 2015 commemorations of the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.
Simon, who graphically portrayed the Dambuster Raid last year in a new painting, has agreed to examine the Battle through one incident which took place over the skies of Skegness on 21st August 1940 and involved the Spitfires of 611 Sqn flying from RAF Digby.
It is planned that the painting will be ready for launch in time for the summer commemorations next year.
Backpacking this Christmas!
As part of the education programme that has been developed in-conjunction with Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire (AHL) and the Arts Council England (ACE); Newark Air Museum is trialling a new backpack this Christmas for its younger visitors.
The backpacks are aimed at KS1 school children (5-7 year olds), but can also be enjoyed by other children and families visiting the museum. During the Christmas Holiday period the museum is hoping that families will use the backpacks during their museum visit and then provide feedback about them.
In the backpacks visitors will find a flying helmet, a pair of binoculars, a pencil case and various worksheets, to help them explore the museum and its wide range of exhibits (both indoor and outdoor); as it says on the instruction sheet:
“An airman or woman needs to be alert and have good spotting skills, noticing the smallest detail. Your mission is to complete the following:
1. Using the laminated search sheets in your backpack, see if you can spot the badges and items in Hangars 1 and 2, outside and in the Exhibition Hall.
When you have spotted a match, use the marker pen in your pencil case to write down the answers, or simply tick off the item or badge.
2. There are also some colouring sheets and a word search in your backpack. Using the pencil and crayons in your backpack, colour in the pictures and see if you can complete the word search.
3. There is a laminated sheet with instructions for making a paper plane in you backpack. Using the piece of plain paper provided, have a go at making your own plane. Take it outside and see if it flies?
4. If you have time, read the two books in your backpack. These give you an idea of what it was like to be in the Air Force in World War 2. Have a look round the museum and see if you can see any similar objects to those mentioned in the stories.
You can take home with you your colouring sheets, word search and the paper plane you made. Please return everything else to the backpack.”
During the forthcoming Christmas Holiday the air museum is open every day (10am until 4pm – last museum admission at 3pm; last admission to the museum shop 3.40pm). The museum will be closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year Day. A small deposit will be requested for each backpack that is loaned out, which will be refunded when the backpack is returned at the end of the visit. Normal museum admission rates apply.
BLENHEIM FLIES AGAIN
On Thursday, 20 November 2014 we saw the return to flight of the Aircraft Restoration Company’s Bristol Blenheim Mk.I L6739 (G-BPIV) at IWM Duxford, following a long-term restoration of more than a decade. Another of Lincolnshire's famous aircraft back in the skies.