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Exhibition at RAF Cosford Museum opens in October

The Hive, Shrewsbury, are busy planning an exhibition at RAF Cosford Museum on Sunday 29 October, 1-3pm, Hangar 1. The project ‘Scars of the Unfought Battle’ made possible by National Lottery players, has seen groups of young people explore military aviation crashes across Shropshire, and make short films of their findings.

Using a book ‘Pancakes and Prangs’ by local enthusiast and author, Thomas Thorne, the young project participants have spent five days at a time researching a particular report of the crash, visiting the crash site and RAF Cosford Museum to locate the particular plane involved, and speaking to witnesses, whilst learning film making skills to record their journey.

Participant Ewen Howells, 15, said: ‘The week we spent in Church Stretton was mixed weather which really gave us the sense of how difficult it must have been for pilots to see the hills in misty conditions. It was quite unnerving standing on the hillside where two spitfires crashed in 1943.’

The exhibition on 29th October will see all 60 young participants and others involved in the project, visit RAF Cosford Museum to see their films screened and the work they produced during the week displayed. It will be a true celebration of eight months of work. 

Thanks to National Lottery funding of £48,800 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), The Hive was able to create opportunities for young people to explore their local heritage whilst learning a creative skill too. Participants were also able to use a drone to film aerial footage. 

Emma Croall, Project Manager for The Hive, said: ‘We’ve explored beautiful areas of Shropshire, learnt a lot about local military aviation history and film-making skills too, plus had an enormous amount of support from local people who’ve granted us access to their land and put us in touch with people who remember the crashes.  There have been over 700 such crashes across Shropshire, we’ve explored a mere six of them’. 

The six films are available to view on The Hive’s website: www.hiveonline.org.uk/hlf.

Full details of The Hive can be found at www.hiveonline.org.uk, by phoning 01743 234970, or by popping into the venue at 5 Belmont, Shrewsbury, SY1 1TE.

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