The first in a series of public exhibitions is being held today to help select the design of a historic memorial to commemorate RAF Bomber Command crew stationed in Lincolnshire during World War II.
A fund has been set up to help pay for a memorial in recognition of the Command's aircrew who sacrificed their lives. In total, over 25,000 men lost their lives flying from Lincolnshire for the Bomber Command.
Until now their sacrifice has not been recognised with a formal memorial, but now a new landmark has been proposed on Lincoln's Canwick Hill.
– Chris Heighton, Arts Partnership Development Manager
"It has been a great honour to work with the Lincolnshire Bomber Command Memorial Appeal on the project. It is a fantastic opportunity to recognise the huge sacrifice made by the county during the war, and we are delighted to be bringing three completely different architectural designs to public consultation."
The Bomber Command Memorial Appeal has been working with the University of Lincoln's College of Arts. Together, they commissioned design proposals from known architects, and these will go on public display from today and throughout April.
The consultations will take place at the following locations:
- Saturday 6th April - Tuesday 9th April 2013: Water's Edge Centre, Barton-Upon-Humber
- Friday 12th - Monday 15th April 2013: The Collection, Lincoln
- Monday 22nd - Friday 26th April 2013: RAF Waddington
- Thursday 18th April 2013: The University of Lincoln, Main Administration Building
Historical documentary films detailing the history of the Bomber Command will also be on show.