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Friday Morning Talk: Building Spitfires Without A Factory

17 June at 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join us for our Friday Morning Talk, when we will be joined by Alan Matlock, Chair of The Spitfire Makers Charitable Trust www.spitfiremakers.org.uk

In the summer of 1940, with the Battle of Britain being fought out over the summer skies of southern England, the Luftwaffe switched tactics from attacking the RAF and their airfields and targeted the aircraft factories.

After three attempts the Supermarine factories on the banks of the Itchen were finally put out of action in late September 1940. A plan to move production of RJ Mitchell’s iconic fighter from the Woolston and Itchen Works had already been begun some months before but now a complete dispersal was ordered by Churchill’s Minister of Aircraft Production, Lord Beaverbrook.

This talk will tell the human story of those attacks from the point of view of those in the buildings or watching from across the town at the time. Some of these are first-hand accounts have been recorded or collected by the speaker himself and will be illustrated with period costume and sound effects!

This talk will take place onsite in the Museum’s Learning Centre and is included in Museum admission or Annual Membership.

Advance booking required – please reserve your seat via the link below.

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17 June
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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