The Dock Museum (Barrow-in-Furness), in collaboration with the Barnes Wallis Foundation, is hosting an exhibition showing his design and engineering genius. Barnes Wallis started his career in Barrow designing airships for the Royal Navy.
One Man, Many Ideas will run from Saturday 9th September to Wednesday 22nd November 2017 – admission is free. The Heritage Lottery Fund has given £16,000 which will pay for creation of the exhibition, an exciting education programme, family fun weekend, film night and much more. We’re especially looking forward to the arrival of a flight simulator in the exhibition so that visitors can get a feel for flying an airship and also a Wellington bomber aircraft (used extensively throughout the Second World War and with structural elements designed by Barnes Wallis).
Commenting on the award, Sabine Skae, the project spokesperson said: “We are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and are proud to be showcasing the engineering genius of Barnes Wallis here in Barrow. He started his career in Barrow on airships and the tradition of engineering innovation continues today with enormously complex submarines built just across the road from the museum at Devonshire Dock Hall (BAE Systems).
More details can be found on the Dock Museum website.