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5th April 2013, 10:40am
Plans for historic memorial revealed
Memorial design proposal A series of free public exhibitions will be held to select the design of a historic memorial, which will commemorate Royal Air Force Bomber Command crew stationed in Lincolnshire during World War II.

The Lincolnshire Bomber Command Memorial Appeal was established to encourage the recognition of the Command’s aircrew who sacrificed their lives during World War II. In total, over 25,000 men lost their lives flying from Lincolnshire for the Bomber Command, but until now their sacrifice has not been recognised with a formal memorial.

Thanks to the Bomber Command Memorial Appeal, a new landmark has been proposed for construction on Lincoln’s Canwick Hill in their honour.

Led by Tony Worth, Lord-Lieutenant of Lincolnshire, the Bomber Command Memorial Appeal has been working in conjunction with the University of Lincoln’s College of Arts. Together, they commissioned design proposals from renowned architects, and these will go on public display throughout April 2013.

Staff and students from the University’s School of Art and Design collaborated with the appeal team to create a brief for the contemporary memorial structure and its accompanying Interpretation Centre, which will recognise the enormous contribution made to the war effort by the county, and its on-going relationship with the RAF.

Chris Heighton, Arts Partnership Development Manager at the University of Lincoln, explained: “It has been a great honour to work with the Lincolnshire Bomber Command Memorial Appeal on the project. It is a fantastic opportunity to recognise the huge sacrifice made by the county during the war, and we are delighted to be bringing three completely different architectural designs to public consultation.

“Together with the Lincolnshire Bomber Command Memorial Appeal, we have selected the final three proposals for the memorial and Interpretation Centre, which marry wartime traditions with contemporary artistry. We believe that the memorial will provide a significant contribution to the visitor economy of the county, and we are very much looking forward to receiving feedback from the public on which installation they would like to see come to fruition.”

The Canwick Hill site that will be home to the memorial overlooks Lincoln Cathedral, a major landmark for crews leaving Lincolnshire and a significant navigation point for those lucky enough to return.

Tony Worth, Lord-Lieutenant of Lincolnshire, said: “My vision for a memorial in the county within sight of the Cathedral, which was a potent landmark for the bomber crews, became more of a possibility when I became Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire and had a bit more influence within the County.  The proposal was put on hold until the London memorial had been erected, but now that it has, I am determined that one should be in place in Lincolnshire for the 70th anniversary of the ending of hostilities.”

The public exhibitions will be hosted by a number of venues across the county. Historical documentary films detailing the history of the Bomber Command will also be on show, and representatives from the appeal will be on hand to answer questions regarding the plans.

The consultations will take place at the following locations:

Saturday 6th April – Tuesday 9th April 2013:
Water‘s Edge Centre, Barton-Upon-Humber

Friday 12th– Monday 15th April 2013:
The Collection, Lincoln

Tuesday 16th - Wednesday 17th April 2013:
National Centre for Craft & Design, Sleaford

Thursday 18th April 2013:
The University of Lincoln, Main Administration Building

Monday 22nd – Friday 26th April 2013:
RAF Waddington (Junior Ranks Mess & HIVE Centre)

Monday 29th April - Wednesday 1st May 2013:
RAF Cranwell (Brunei Community Centre)

The formal launch of the Memorial Appeal will take place at the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre at East Kirkby on the 30th and 31st May 2013. The official unveiling of the memorial and Interpretation Centre is planned for 2015 to mark the 70th anniversary of the cessation of hostilities in World War II.

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