Award-winning academic, former RAF Wing Commander and Battle of Britain Memorial Trustee Sophy Gardner MBE RAF (rtd) delivered a fascinating talk on The RAF and Memorials on Sunday (6 Oct) as the Trust’s autumn season of events continued.
Sophy, who has been given access to the royal archives about the RAF Memorial and has presented a paper at the National Maritime Museum, explored the challenges facing the RAF and Royal Navy after World War I, when the focus was very much on the Army and the Western Front.
Sophy is in the final year of her PhD studentship at the University of Exeter in collaboration with the RAF Museum, looking at the early politics of air power and the networks of power in Whitehall and Westminster in the inter-war years.
The next talk in the series, by TV personality Dr Lucy Worsley, is already a sellout, but there is a limited number of tickets still available for the talk on 27 October by Sqn Ldr John Peters.
Sqn Ldr Peters was shot down by a shoulder-launched SAM missile during Operation Desert Storm in Iraq in 1991 and later tortured, along with navigator John Nichol. He will talk on his experiences in the RAF.
All the talks begin at 2.30pm; for more details or to book, email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01303 249292.