George Osborne, in his Autumn Statement, has announced that The International Bomber Command Centre project is to receive £150,000 from the LIBOR Fund as part of a £400,000 boost from the government in support of War Memorials in honour of RAF heroes who helped Britain defeat the Nazis.
The IBCC project, located just outside the City of Lincoln, will, once completed, provide a world-class facility to serve as a point for recognition, remembrance and reconciliation for Bomber Command. It follows the creation of the Bomber Command Memorial, opened in London’s Green Park by Her Majesty the Queen in 2012.
The centre will comprise of several interrelated elements: the Chadwick Centre, the Memorial Spire, the Bomber Command Digital Archive and the International Peace Garden. Work on the construction element of the project is due to start next month with the first phase being completed by June 2015, to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.
The project, in partnership with the University of Lincoln, has also been allocated £3.1 million of earmarked funding from The Heritage Lottery Fund to support the interpretation, archive and oral history programme. A further £4million funding is still being sought in order to complete the construction elements of the centre.
Nicky Barr, Project Director, IBCC, says “We are absolutely delighted to have been awarded this much needed funding. This IBCC is a truly exciting project that will not only properly honour all of those in Bomber Command, and ensure their stories are not lost, but will also promote a spirit of reconciliation through relating the stories of people across Europe who were affected by Bomber Command. We can’t thank The Chancellor enough for awarding us this vitally needed funding.”