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

Second Lieutenant James Herbert Sayer of No 15 Squadron RFCThe 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.

The BAE Systems and Heritage Lottery Fund logos
Biggles and Chums is supported by BAE Systems and the Heritage Lottery Fund


Please note:
From Saturday 2nd August to Tuesday 5th August the Art Gallery, in which this exhibition is located, will be used for a series of children's story workshops at 12 noon and 3pm. Accordingly, the Art Gallery will be closed to those visitors who would not like to participate in the experience for half an hour on each occasion. We would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience that this may cause to our visitors on this date.   


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