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Trenchard Lectures in Air Power Studies-Second World War aviation crash sites as heritage assets

15 November 2018

The Lecture will be held at the University of Wolverhampton, Wulfruna Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 1LY at 6.30pm in Room MC001, Millennium City Building.

In the fifth and final lecture in the RAF Museum’s 2018 series of Trenchard Lectures in Air Power Studies, Dr Phil Marter of the University of Winchester will discuss Second World War aviation crash sites as heritage assets.

Memorial Ceremony for Halifax LV881 ZA V RAF 10 Squadron, September 2015.

TALK OUTLINE
During the European air war (1939-1945), thousands of aircraft were lost whilst on training flights, shot down over foreign soil, or otherwise failed to return safely to their home aerodromes. Despite extensive wartime clearance and significant post war disturbance at many resulting crash sites, wreckage from this conflict still lies strewn across the landscape of the continent. 

As our veterans pass away, these scattered sites have begun to take on a new and important mantle as the final witness to particular aspects of their legacy. In many cases they mark the last moments of individual airman’s lives and for others that survived, they define inevitable turning points for their futures. Increasingly, friends, relatives and wider communities are seeking to understand wartime veteran experiences or search for stories that loved ones were unable to tell. Archaeological exploration of these sites has shown that they have a power to bring to life specific moments in time, unlocking unique and moving personal stories that add a tragic reality to accounts of war. For this reason, they are increasingly recognised as important archaeological sites that deserve consideration from heritage professionals. 

Excavation of Halifax LV881 ZA V RAF 10 Squadron. September 2015

This presentation will examine some of the key challenges facing European Second World War aviation heritage and suggest ways in which RAF aviation crash sites in particular, might be appropriately considered in the future.  It examines how we can investigate, protect and preserve a type of heritage that transcends traditional geographical and political boundaries. It will argue that ‘access’, to the heritage of aerial conflict must be developed through collaboration with a range of parties both here in the UK and further afield. It will also highlight the importance of acknowledging the significance that is attached to these sites by relatives of lost airmen and communities affected by these events. In this centenary year, it seems particularly appropriate to recognise the potential value of the RAF’s role in the development of such approaches to wartime aviation heritage. 

LOCATION AND TIME

The lecture will be held at the University of Wolverhampton at 6:30pm on Thursday 15 November 2018. 

TICKETS

This lecture is free of charge however we do ask that you pre-book a free ticket as seats are limited. Booking is quick and easy:

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ABOUT DR PHIL MARTER

Dr Phil Marter is Senior Lecturer at the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Winchester. He teaches the archaeology of the recent past as part of undergraduate and post-graduate archaeology and heritage courses and his research focusses on the archaeology of the European Air War (1939-1945). He is currently carrying out fieldwork in search of a JU88 crash site on Thorney Island in Hampshire and working with the Federal State Archaeological Service in Hessen and Saxion University in the Netherlands to explore the crash site of a 115 Squadron Lancaster in Hessen, Germany. Phil is also working with Hampshire County Council and Historic England on the integration of wartime aviation data into regional historic environment records. 

His father, brother, uncle and cousin all served in the RAF and he is an associate member of RAF 10 Squadron Association.  

RAF MUSEUM RESEARCH PROGRAMME

The Trenchard Lectures in Air Power Studies form a part of the RAF Museum’s Research Programme for 2018. This programme consists of the First World War in the Air Lunchtime Lectures at our London site, the Cold War Lunchtime lectures at our Cosford site and other events such as conferences. For further details about the Research Programme please contact:research@rafmuseum.org


The Trenchard Lectures in Air Power Studies are held in conjunction with the Royal Aeronautical Society and the War Studies Department at the University of Wolverhampton.

Please note that lectures are subject to change.

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