RAF history event at Heritage Centre

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Celebrate the history of Lincolnshire as ‘Bomber County’ and the iconic Dam Buster mission with a special event at Gainsborough’s Heritage Centre this month.

Join the Heritage Centre’s costumed museum staff as they show you around a bustling Second World War RAF Station.

A Heritage Centre spokesman said: “Watch the plotters as they track the aircraft in the reconstructed Operations Room or ‘take leave’ in the Junior Ranks Mess where you can enjoy a cup of tea and cake, served to you by our very own NAAFI Girls!”

“This weekend remembers the famous Dams Raid of Scamptons 617 Squadron on the 70th Anniversary of that renowned attack.”

The exhibition will detail local airfields (including Hemswell, Scampton, Blyton and Sturgate), showing their involvement in the Second World War and how they played their part.

This exhibition will also be remembering the Dambusters Raid on the 70th Anniversary of that famous attack.

The event will include a reconstruction of an Operations Room and a NAAFI Canteen.

Our part of Bomber County will run at Gainsborough Heritage Centre, The Old Post Office, 12 North Street, DN21 2HS from 11th May – 28th July.

Admission is £3 to the public and just £1.50 for members .

For more information call 01427 810619.

Visitors to the Heritage Centre can also enjoy a special talk on ‘Windmill Wood’ on 4th May, where historian and former curator of the Museum of Lincolnshire Life Catherine Wilson OBE provides a talk on the life and work of the local artist Karl Wood. With examples of his work, including his well known windmills, this talk proves to be a very popular event. The talk takes place at 7pm.

The next exhibition will be Health, Hygiene & Recreation from 10th August – 27th October marking 100 years of Gainsborough’s famous John Coupland Hospital - taking a look back over its colourful history.