International Bomber Command Centre, Lincoln
The Spire Memorial
At the heart of the International Bomber Command Centre are the Memorial Spire and Walls of Names.
Made using Corten weathering steel, the Memorial is 102ft (31.09m) high, the wingspan of the iconic Avro Lancaster bomber, and the width at the base is 16ft (5m), the width of a Lancaster wing. It is now recognised as the UK's tallest war memorial. The Spire was erected in May 2015 and was officially unveiled in October that year.
The Walls of Names carry the details of over 58,500 men and women who lost their lives whilst serving or supporting Bomber Command during WW11 (currently 26,296 names are in place, the remainder will be sited in late June 2017)
The Spire commands stunning views across Lincoln, with a focus on the ancient Cathedral, which served as a sighting point for crews flying from Lincolnshire. For many of the men named on the walls, the Cathedral provided their last sight of Britain.
The Chadwick Centre
Named in honour of Roy Chadwick, who designed the iconic Lancaster, The Chadwick Centre at the International Bomber Command Centre will tell the collective story of Bomber Command.
The centre will include two floors and three galleries telling the story of Bomber Command, including what it was like to serve or support during World War 11, the story of being a civilian manufacturing the planes or being under the raids and finally the story of the struggle those that served had to gain recognition. The exhibitions will include state of the art digital interactive elements, film shows and an opportunity to be a crew member on an Operation.
The IBCC will feature two peace gardens set across 5 acres of landscaped grounds. Each offer quiet contemplative space and are free to access.
The Lincolnshire Peace Garden includes 27 native trees marking each of the operational Bomber Command stations in the county during the war. Interpretation, both digital and physical will help you to trace the history of each station and the Squadrons that were stationed there.
The International Peace Garden will tell the story of the 60 nations who served or supported the Command. Covering 5 continents, the story of their involvement is one that is rarely known.