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March, 2011 Monthly archive

Aerial photograph of Duxford during the First World War, taken from the west. By permission of the Imperial War Museum, IWM Q 114046

We’ve been looking at some of the material related to the construction of Duxford, and trying to work out the costs associated with building a First World War airfield in today’s prices.

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Public meeting in the Marshall Auditorium, IWM Duxford

On 10 March we held a public meeting to introduce Historic Duxford to local communities. The Interpretation team were out in force to chat to people about the project, share our enthusiasm and, most importantly, get some ideas!

We had a good turn out, including some ex-Duxford personnel, who had some exciting tales to tell! It was great to hear people, other than ourselves, getting behind the idea of the exhibition and excited about the potential it holds.

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Hangar 3: Air and Sea and the Watch Office. By permission of the Imperial War Museum, IWM_SITE_DUX_000317

Phase 1 of the interpretation of Historic Duxford will take place in what is currently known as Building 89. This building was used in the 1930s as a Watch Office, where the duty pilot or officer on watch would be stationed during flying activity.  It was built in 1917/1918, along with Hangar 3: Air and Sea. These are the first 1918 buildings that visitors encounter on their journey through the Museum.

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Pilots of No. 19 and No. 616 Squadrons pose by a Spitfire. By permission of the Imperial War Museum, IWM CH 1400

I’m Carl, Duxford’s Exhibitions Manager, and I’ll be running this blog while developing the content for Historic Duxford. For our first post, I thought I’d explain what we’re going to be doing in the first weeks of the project. This can be summed up in one word: ‘evaluation’.

We want to ensure that we incorporate all the good stuff from previous projects, change the things that didn’t work, and get people to contribute their thoughts and ideas at the outset.

There are several parts to this.

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Gordon Sinclair's crashed Spitfire. By permission of the Imperial War Museum, IWM HU 58240

Hi, I’m Sarah and I am the Exhibitions Officer here at Duxford. Unlike Carl, I am new to the place so a lot of the things you will be learning about Historic Duxford, here on the blog, I am learning too!

This photograph amazed me when I saw it! It is such a still and quiet image yet to get a Spitfire turned over like that must have involved serious drama. I have since found out that this is quite a well-known photo at Duxford and that the pilot Gordon Sinclair was actually recorded talking about the event that led to his aircraft ending up upside-down on the airfield.

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