Projects

International Bomber Command Centre and Memorial Park

Project Type
Museum
Our Funding
£433,500 in total

Funded through a combination of FCC Community Action Fund grants and the Board's discretionary programme, International Bomber Command Centre in Lincolnshire has received 4 grants totalling £433,500.

International Bomber Command Centre was created to provide world class facilities to acknowledge the efforts, sacrifices and commitments of the men and women from the 62 different nations who came together in Bomber Command during WWII.

Over 1 million men and women served or supported Bomber Command to protect the freedom we enjoy today and suffered the biggest number of losses of any unit during WWII. The International Bomber Command Centre and Memorial Park are a fitting tribute to those service men and women.

We provided funding of £306,000 towards the fit out of the operational areas of The Chadwick Centre, named in honour of the designer of the Lancaster bomber, which houses exhibition, heritage and education facilities and uses state-of-the-art technology and interactive displays to tell the story of Bomber Command.

The Memorial Spire and Walls of Names are at the heart of the site. The Spire is 31.09m high, the wingspan of the Avro Lancaster Bomber and 5m wide at the base, the width of the Lancaster wing. The Walls of Names surround the spire and are formed from 270 individual panels, engraved with the names of almost 58,000 men and women who lost their lives serving or supporting Bomber Command.

Surrounding the Spire and Chadwick Centre lies the Memorial Park, which features two peace gardens set across 10 acres of landscaped grounds. The Lincolnshire Peace Garden includes 27 native trees marking each of the operational bomber command centres stationed in Lincolnshire during the war. The International Peace Garden pays homage to the 62 nations who served or supported the Command. FCC Communities Foundation provided £127,500 towards the creation of the gardens including trees, planting and seating areas.

The International Bomber Command Centre and Memorial Park were formally opened on 12 April 2018 as part of the centenary celebrations of the Royal Air Force.

The Centre is open 6 days per week. Access to the Peace Gardens and Memorial is free of charge.