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Barnes Wallis Memorial Trust - Press Release

Barnes Wallis Memorial Trust - Press Release

Barnes Wallis (1887 – 2012) 125 years


To commemorate the 125th Anniversary of the birth of Barnes Wallis, the Barnes Wallis Memorial Trust organised a series of events in the small Derbyshire town of Ripley where he was born on 26th September 1887.

Following a brief civic gathering at Ripley Town Hall an oak tree (Quercus Robur) was planted by his daughter Dr Mary Stopes-Roe; close to the entrance of the Sir Barnes Wallis Recreation Area in the town. This public space is located adjacent to the Moseley Street / Wood Street junction with Mount Pleasant, where an existing commemorative stone and small seating area looks out across to the picturesque Derbyshire countryside.

The tree planting was followed in the afternoon by lectures by Dr Mary Stopes-Roe entitled – “The   Beginning of a Famous Career” and by Peter Rix of the Barnes Wallis Memorial Trust entitled – “The Works of Barnes Wallis”. On Thursday 27th September talks were also given to local Ripley school children.

This was part of the Barnes Wallis Memorial Trust outreach programme, which aims to inspire, to inform, and to educate a wide audience across fields that Sir Barnes Wallis had embodied through his work, or were otherwise dear to him. These fields accordingly extend beyond weapons and aviation to embrace other areas to which he had made significant contributions (e.g. medical science, education, maritime engineering, astronomy) and constants in his intellectual life (like mathematics).

Further details about the Barnes Wallis Memorial Trust and their activities can be found at www.barneswallistrust.org


Dr Mary Stopes-Roe with the oak tree that was planted on the Sir Barnes Wallis Recreation Area in Ripley; the existing memorial stone and seating area is behind and to the right hand side. (Credits: Howard Heeley, Down To Earth Promotions)
Dr Mary Stopes-Roe with the oak tree that was planted on the Sir Barnes Wallis Recreation Area in Ripley; the existing memorial stone and seating area is behind and to the right hand side. (Credits: Howard Heeley, Down To Earth Promotions)

Photo Credits: Howard Heeley - Down To Earth Promotions

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