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Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire - Press Release

Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire - Press Release

Reflective Autumn Conference highlights the future of AHL

More than eighty (80) delegates attended Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire’s (AHL) 2012 Autumn Conference that was held at the delightful Hemswell Court on Tuesday 20th November.

Following a brief review of AHL’s recent achievements presented by the Aviation Development Officer, Phil Bonner and the Outreach and Learning Officer, Dave Harrigan; special presentations were made to personnel from North Kesteven District Council who had initiated the steering group for the project in 2004 and hosted the AHL staff for the last two years.

The keynote speaker for the conference was the Chief Executive of VisitEngland, James Berresford. James whose early career was in tourism in the East Midlands provided details of VisitEngland’s role as the official tourism body for England, which is working in partnership with government and industry to grow the value of the visitor economy at all levels.

During his presentation James made the following comments about AHL. “Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire has been instrumental in joining up the dots in the county’s aviation offering, which has been a magnificent achievement.” He concluded by encouraging the AHL partnership to greater heights by saying, “Please make sure that you pass on your visitors to other venues in the county and make sure that you highlight to your visitors the unique qualities of the Lincolnshire aviation experience.”

After lunch a short presentation was given by the Chief Executive of Lincolnshire County Council (LCC), Tony McArdle about why LCC had decided to support the continuation of AHL by hosting the team for the next three years. This was followed by presentations by Phil Bonner and Dave Harrigan about AHL’s future aims and activities. This included providing the delegates with details about the new funding for education projects that AHL has received from Arts Council England through the Museums and schools programme. {This is explained in more detail in this weblink on the AHL website www.ahleducation.org.uk/frequently_asked_qestions.html}

Delegates were then provided with details of the Lincolnshire Bomber Command Memorial Appeal www.lincsbombercommandmemorial.com by AVM Paul Robinson. The appeal aims to erect a memorial on the top of Canwick Hill, in Lincoln. The site overlooks Lincoln Cathedral which was a major landmark for crews leaving Lincolnshire and as a navigation point for those lucky enough to return.

The culmination of the day’s proceedings was an enlightening and thought provoking presentation by Tim Wallis from the RAF Museum Conservation Centre at Cosford, about their Hampden Project. The subject matter was particularly poignant as Hampden bombers had been the mainstay of Bomber Command operations out of Lincolnshire during the early stages of World War II and the type had operated from the former RAF Hemswell airfield, where the conference was being held.

 James Berresford, Chief Executive of VisitEngland is pictured left, with Tim Downing the Chairman of Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire. AVM Paul Robinson representing the Lincolnshire Bomber Command Memorial Appeal.



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