Bastion in the Air

Bastion in the Air explores Lincolnshire’s role in the First World War as the first line of defence against the airship threat, the development of military aircraft between 1914-18 and the important role women played in the war effort. These resources are for teachers and pupils at Key Stage 2.

Includes the story of William Leefe Robinson, the first man to destroy a German airship over Britain.
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First World War Aircraft
Find out how the air force in the UK became the largest air force in the world in 1918.
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Munitions Women's Football Team
Women’s role in the workforce, including designing and building aircraft and leisure.
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About Bastion in the Air

The project runs alongside the Royal Air Force’s 100 + 100 celebrations; the centenary of the Royal Air Force but + 100 days taking the commemoration from April to July 2018.
This resource supports Bastion in the Air’s three main exhibitions:

  • The Collection Museum in Lincoln (telling the national story, exploring the threat posed by aviation and airships)
  • RAF Scampton (sharing the story of military aircraft and the people who flew them)
  • Touring exhibition (hands-on learning, craft and creativity inspired)

There are lots of opportunities for schools to get involved. The touring element of the project links very strongly to an education/learning outreach programme at Key Stage 2.

Places to visit

The resources written for Bastion in the Air relate specifically to the RAF Scampton and the Collection Museum, Lincoln. Visits to The Cottage Museum and The Museum of Lincolnshire Life are also rewarding because they offer an insight into life in the county during the First World War.

Our partners

Heritage Lottery fundedNorth Kesteven District CouncilLincolnshire County CouncilWest Lindsey District CouncilEast Lindsey District CouncilRenaissance East Midlands