Biggles and Chums - First World War watercolours and works on paper by Captain W.E. Johns and his contemporaries
26th May 2014 - 4th January 2015
The Flying Services – Royal Flying Corps and Royal Naval Air Service – played a very significant part in the Great War.
For the first time the fighting extended into the air above the battlefield, and this space became vital for reconnaissance of the enemy’s positions and intentions.
At sea, aeroplanes and airships were able to see far over the horizon visible from a warship, as well as spotting for submarine raiders around Great Britain’s coasts. Both sides tried to stop each other taking advantage of this over-view, and hence aerial fighting developed.
The Museum’s art exhibition will feature works on paper never exhibited before, all of them produced during or immediately after the First World War.
Aeroplanes, heroic actions, the new operational procedures of air warfare and portraits of the young men who flew, will be on display alongside a display of medals, clothing, badges, Zeppelin fragments and other exhibits.
Biggles and Chums is supported by BAE Systems and the Heritage Lottery Fund
Please note: On Wednesday 17 & Thursday 18 September the Art Gallery, in which this exhibition is located, will be holding a private view of this exhibition. We would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience that this may cause to our visitors on this date.
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