The curtain may have only just fallen on the last of this autumn’s impressive talks at The Wing, but trustee Andy Simpson has already put together an equally exciting line up for next spring.
Wartime advances in eye surgery, the Dowding System and the popular music of the time are all covered in a series of talks and presentations that will once again include something for everyone.
The autumn 2016 talks brought together a strong line up of speakers who provided interesting, informative and entertaining views on a variety of topics, and as The Trust’s reputation for such events continues to grow, early booking for next year will be essential. All the presentations start at 2pm and numbers are strictly limited to 50 people.
Here’s a run down of what’s on offer. More detail on each speaker is available by clicking the links.
SUNDAY MARCH 26
We’ll meet again – George Taylor
How did popular music impinge on the lives of ordinary people in the Second World War? What were the songs – and the singers – that helped the nation through a dark period in its history? Battle of Britain Memorial volunteer George Taylor will take the audience through the war, noting the changes and playing the music that inspired a generation with the support of Peter Clayton, whose career included operating sound equipment within the film industry.
SUNDAY APRIL 2
Casanova and the Spitfire pilots – Hugh Williams FRCS FRCOphth
Hugh Williams’ talk will include a showing of a version of the historical documentary film made for the website of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, some of which was filmed at the Battle of Britain Memorial site. It tells the story of the indirect contribution made to the development of modern cataract surgery by Squadron Leader Neil Cleaver DFC after he was shot down during the Battle of Britain.
SUNDAY APRIL 23
The Dowding System (film)
All you wanted to know about the original system of air command and control. The Dowding System made a decisive contribution to victory in the air during the Battle of Britain and beyond.
SUNDAY MAY 7
Flt Lt Henry Shackleton – an illustrated talk
Henry was 17 when War broke out and quickly joined the Local Defence Volunteers – armed with a stick. In this illustrated talk he outlines how his wartime career progressed via The RAF College, Cranwell and a training post in Canada to a place in the Pathfinder Force which saw him spend 15 months in Stalag Luft 3 after being shot down.
For booking details for all the talks, please follow this link.
As well as being open to members of the public, the talks are free for Hurricane level members of Friends of the Few and offer reduced entry for Spitfire level Members. This is just one of many benefits of joining the Friends of the Few, which would also make a great Christmas – or New Year! – present. Click here to sign up or find out more.