Lincolnshire’s wartime heritage will brought to life at the 130th Lincolnshire Show on Wednesday and Thursday this week.
A theme will run throughout the county council’s stands and events, commemorating the centenary of the outbreak of World War One and paying tribute to the era of World War Two.
Highlights will include performances by vintage singer Heather Marie, the Ken Daubney Band and 1940s swing dancers while, for families, there will be a display of military vehicles, an aircraft cockpit simulator, a chance to dress up as evacuees and lessons how to make paper aeroplanes.
Aviation Lincolnshire: Take a look at which technologies Lincolnshire helped to develop following the outbreak of World War One, particularly within the fledgling fighter aircraft industry. Specially-constructed models will be on show for the first time depicting this dramatic period of aviation history.
Children can learn about an aircraft cockpit in an educational flight simulator and have their photographs taken whilst trying on a real fighter pilot’s helmet.
Specially-produced booklets paying tribute to the era of World War Two will be available and children can experience what it was like to be an evacuee by dressing up in costume.
Museum of Lincolnshire Life: A range of wartime-related artefacts from the museum’s Loans Boxes will be on display. These are available to be borrowed by schools and community groups, through our Loans Box scheme.
The team will also be promoting their programme of events to commemorate the centenary of the First World War.
Lincoln Castle: Get the latest news on the Lincoln Castle Revealed project. What have the latest excavations revealed? How far from completion is the new Magna Carta Vault? Is the Victorian Prison really as gruesome as you think?
Gainsborough Old Hall: Step back in time to the days of Medieval England and see how through costume and objects how life at Gainsborough Old Hall would have been. Pick up a leaflet to see the events being held at the hall throughout 2014.
Lincolnshire Archives: Are you interested in First World War? The Lincolnshire Archives team will be bringing along a number of folders containing facsimile documents relating to the war in general, the Lincolnshire Regiment and the tanks and aircraft that were manufactured in the county during the course of the conflict.