Visiting Duxford

Monday 5th June 2017

Venue : Imperial War Museum Duxford, Cambridge

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An early morning start at IWM North on Monday, as we met up with fellow volunteers and staff from the other branches at IWM Duxford for Volunteers week.

We travelled south through the Midlands on our journey, stopping off on some familiar services on the M6 and M1… the route usually adopted when I visit my relatives there.  It was a bit rainy on the way there, but I was looking forward to visiting Duxford.  Due to that branch holding most of the museums Aircraft Collection

We arrived at Duxford’s Entrance around about noon, and then after a short repast, we all entered the main hall, where the chairman of the imperial war museum welcomed us all and the ceremonies for the volunteer awards commenced.

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I received my award for “Developing in a Role” from the chairman – and heard my Vollie Manager deliver a wonderful (more than a ) few words on why i’d won it!

How I started as a guide, then doing object handling and family history….

I did whisper at one point….”Ta boss! you can stop now….!!!” (sic)

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Matt by Fighter Aircraft

After the awards ceremony, we took a look around the hangar and the various activities on display, this included seeing how concorde dipped its nose, to sending messages by morse code – to walking on board a Lancaster bomber.  I enjoyed walking round the RAF Fleet, and got a really good view of the planes from the top deck of the gallery.

Flight

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IWM Duxford , Cambridge, 5/6/2017

 

For a brief moment today,

looking around the hangar in Cambridge

I got to see the marvels of flight first hand

Great planes – from early pioneers to new planes and even spaceflight

Hoped to see something special – and I wasn’t disappointed

Tomorrow – i’ll take a look at what I captured

 

 

New Day of Vollying

Monday Afternoon saw me returning back over the Bridge to the Home of the Imperial War Museum in the North, on the Trafford side of the Manchester Ship Canal

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Today has seen me on the Information point Handling trolley, where visitors from all around the country have been able to look at objects and pick them up as the volunteers tell a little bit about the items the visitor is holding and a little about its origins.

These range from a helmet used by the armed forces during the battle of the somme, which was later used in world war II, to a babies gas mask used during world war ii as protection against potential gas attack.

In addition we direct and explain how to go around the big area that makes up the main exhibition space, which holds objects from World war I to Modern day

The Trolley is always of interest to visitors both young and old, because of the interactive nature of the exhibits.  Schoolchildren enjoy hearing about the objects on display.

On the exhibit floor

Salford, 4th May

This afternoon I’ve been helping out at the Imperial War museum North, after discussing the next project with BASICs photography group.

The plan is to produce another exhibition in the centre from our work over their year.

I covered the main gallery today with two fellow volunteers.  The information station was set out with three helmets , a Tommy helmet used at the start of the first world war and during the home front in world war two, a modified helmet from the end years of the first world war and a modern day Kevlar helmet used by the mines advisory group charity.

We had a lot of overseas visitors today, and they enjoyed handling the various objects on display.  They asked lots of questions about what was on display in the exhibition space.

Alphabet

Alphabet

A response to the Daily post Challenge – “Alphabet”

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(Photo taken by the Author, Camera used Samsung WB-250)

Salford, 15th January 2016.

The picture you see is a Mural , created by the artist Walter Kershaw.  It’s not the original, The original was taken down and replaced by the Trafford Park Development Corporation when I was in my teens.  The second edition, whilst the building it was on was still being maintained by the corporation hung on the wall with pride for many years – until some of the industries that sponsored it moved out of town.

If you head to Old Trafford to see the football its still on display there – a memorial to the industry that once dominated the area.  A pictorial A-Z of Northern Industry. Some firms are still there, the Delivery and Haulage firms as well as the food and chemical plants and you can see them as you travel around the industrial park.  Rank Hovis has a factory opposite the northern branch of the Imperial War Museum – which itself is on the old site of storage silos from the second world war

And if you wander where your Morning Cornflakes come from – they’re most likely to have come from the Large Kelloggs factory in the centre of the park.

Both my Father and Grandfather worked at the MF Industrial works on Barton Dock Road, which has since passed over to Kelloggs since the work moved elsewhere in Europe.  The Mural fondly remembers the factory though – as the vehicle the works produced appears on the picture alongside the company logo of the time.  A fond memory of the works car park comes to mind – where the diggers were proudly on show in the docking bays.  At Christmas any remaining diggers would be decorated brightly in Christmas lights

The building the mural hangs on – once a storage facility for the docks – has also undergone some changes – as it’s become a nightclub venue – strange but true.

A Walk through Time

I’ve been a volunteer at the Northern Branch of the Imperial War Museum in Trafford, Manchester since 2005.  I help out in two areas, in the Main Exhibition Space, and on the Ground Floor in a computer area called “Your History”

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There is a timeline which directs visitors around the museum’s Main Exhibition Space.  It begins with a “Mini-Timeline” with eighteen various objects each relating to a particular point on the timeline itself.   As you walk round, you are introduced to the various events that led up to each conflict.  You also Pass a number of Silo Areas, which cover a particular subject to do with both world wars.  These cover soldiers experiences, through to the technologies used in warfare.  The Large objects include a T-54 tank from world war II and a Trebant Estate Car created in Post-war East Germany, and Action Stations explain the roles these items played during that time.

A Stalwart of the Russian Army in World War II - The T-34 was a powerful tank and had a Six man crew
A Stalwart of the Russian Army in World War II –
The T-34 was a powerful tank and had a Six man crew
The East German alternative to the VW
The East German alternative to the VW

Harrier

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The Harrier Jump Jet – On display at the front of the Main Exhibition Space, IWM North.

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Hello chaps! all you down there
Tis I, the mechanical bird in th’air
protecting you all at night and day
keeping enemy forces at bay

Armed only with the best weaponry –
I carry tactical rockets you see!
But my best qualities are in th’movement in air
passing over forests and mountains wi’ flair

I can take off from ships , both large and of small
my take off system’s the best of them all
One blast from my jets and up i do go
so i can look for the enemy foe

And whether its land, or down on the sea
my pals on the ground are glad to see me
as i help them out, ‘gainst enemy
and provide them some cover from over the trees

And when i’ve provided my air support
i’ll head off back to carrier or port
before a new mission, another sortie
keeping you safe, out over the sea.

http://allpoetry.com/poem/11247457-Harrier-by-InkdropK