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Lecture By Peter Rix: Life and Works of Barnes Wallis

Published: 15th June 2012 13:10
Running in conjunction with its similar-themed exhibition, Sewerby Hall and Gardens will be hosting the first of its lectures offering extra insight into Barnes Wallis on Friday, 11 May at 2pm in the Swinton Room hosted by Peter Rix.

Lecture By Peter Rix: Life and Works of Barnes Wallis

Running in conjunction with its similar-themed exhibition, Sewerby Hall and Gardens will be hosting the first of its lectures offering extra insight into Barnes Wallis on Thursday, 21 June at 2pm in the Swinton Room hosted by Peter Rix.

2012 is the 125th Anniversary on Barnes Wallis' birth and the lecture series offers a fine accompaniment to the exhibition currently on show in the hall.

In the 1920s what was then the world's largest flying object was built in the East Riding of Yorkshire. This was the R100 airship which was three times the length of a jumbo jet. The man behind it was Barnes Wallis who became more famous later on for designing the "bouncing bomb" used on the famous Dambusters air raid in the Second World War. Later he worked on the design of supersonic airliners, amongst many other things.

The exhibition tells the story of this brilliant man. It covers his life, his family at Howden in the 1920s and describes the R100 airship, what it did and what happened to it. It also goes on to explain his wartime and post war work including his role in the broadcasting of the live TV pictures from the first manned moon landing in 1969. The exhibition is in conjunction with the Barnes Wallis Memorial Trust and runs until Sunday, 24 June.

 

For more information call (01262) 673769 or visit www.eastriding.gov.uk/sewerby

Admission charges to Sewerby Hall and Gardens apply but there is no additional charge to attend this event. Adults £4.70, over 60s £3.90, children (three-15) £2.70 and family tickets (two adults and two children) £14. Excellent value season passes are also available.

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