I thought you might appreciate an update on the International Bomber Command Centre. Launched in 2013, the Centre will be a fitting memorial to the men and women from 60 nations who served with Bomber Command between 1939 and 1945. The site, overlooking Lincoln Cathedral and in the heart of ‘Bomber County’, is dominated by a 102-foot tall steel memorial spire and surrounded by 120 matching memorial walls which display the names of the 26,296 air and ground crew lost from Lincolnshire’s 27 bomber bases; they were unveiled in October last year before 312 veterans and 2,300 other guests. We shall soon install more panels for the Command’s other 29,279 casualties: all 55,573 names will then be publicly commemorated. Meanwhile, the Bomber Command digital archive is growing rapidly, the peace gardens are taking shape, and development of the exhibition and education facilities in the visitor complex – the Chadwick Centre – is well under way.
We’ve so far raised over £5.2 million to cover the memorial, the archive and the exhibition and education projects. However, we’re still short of the £3.8 million needed to build the Chadwick Centre itself. We recently launched a major national fundraising campaign, backed by supporters such as Dame Judi Dench, Carol Vordeman, Dan Snow and John Sergeant, which we hope readers will have noticed in the national media. Entitled “Are You One in a Million?” we hope to inspire 1 million people – the number of men and women who served in the Command during World War II – to each donate at least £3. This should finish the job, as the Centre will be financially self-sustaining once it’s up and running. Donating is really easy:
- Enter 70 070 as the telephone number in the ‘To’ line.
- In the text box, enter IBCC01, then a space, then the amount of donation. Eg if £3.00 is the chosen donation, enter IBCC01 (space) 3. Then press ‘send’
- You will be asked whether you want to Gift Aid the donation. If you do, you will be asked whether you pay tax and then to enter your address and postcode. All information entered will not be shared with 3rd parties
- Any amount over £10 can be donated via our website internationalbcc.co.uk
I do hope you can support this worthwhile project. As Dan Snow, the TV historian, wrote recently:
There are few more deserving projects in the UK than the International Bomber Command Centre. There is no other centre in Britain or any other country where the largely neglected history of the bomber offensive can be preserved, gathered, curated, studied and debated. This centre will be a world leader.