Our project is about bringing history and engineering to life in an exciting and engaging way. The project includes activities with local community groups, schools and colleges in addition to museum activities.
Painsley Catholic Academy visit Supermarine Aero Engineering Ltd. Thursday 3rd July 2014 to learn more about engineering on the Supermarine Spitfire.
Building Spitfire Cockpit
We are building a cockpit simulator for public use in the gallery. This will be fun as well as interesting and will help attract visitors to the gallery. The work is being led by Dr Mark Jabbal, of the University of Nottingham.
Part of the new Spitfire gallery content will showcase the real-life engineering projects – centred around the Spitfire – which are being run in local schools. We have found that local schools and colleges are relatively poorly resourced to teach engineering, and girls in particular tend not to see engineering as a career option. We aim to help change this.
We delivered a lecture that charted the development of the Spitfire, reviewing its remarkable achievements in the Battle of Britain and throughout WWII and reflected on the combination of elements which make it a paradigm of design excellence.
The lecture was supported by an exhibition incorporating historic archive images, video sequences, static 3D engineering display items and some of the project work generated by the schools and colleges we work with.