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TIL Summer 2018

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24 Left to Right: RAF CAS ACM Sir Stephen John Hillier, RAF Museum Chairman Sir Glenn Torpy, HRH The Earl of Wessex, RAF Museum CEO Maggie Appleton. TRANSFORMED RAF MUSEUM LONDON OPENED BY EARL OF WESSEX His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex attended the opening ceremony of the transformed RAF Museum London on 29 June as part of the centenary celebrations of the Royal Air Force. After arriving in a 32 Sqn RAF helicopter, His Royal Highness met members of Museum staff, volunteers and partners who worked on and supported the transformation. Other VIPs at the ceremony included Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier (RAF Chief of Air Staff), HE Mr Khaled Al-Duwaisan (Ambassador of Kuwait) and Viscount Trenchard (grandson of the founding father of the RAF). Maggie Appleton, RAF Museum CEO said ‘It was a pleasure and an honour to have The Earl of Wessex open our transformed London site in the RAF’s Centenary year. Our new exhibitions not only explore the Royal Air Force’s extraordinary history and people, but also give visitors the opportunity to look ahead into the cutting-edge future of the service. The Museum’s transformation is a celebration of the RAF’s breadth and diversity – and we look forward to welcoming visitors from London and beyond to experience it with us.’ The Museum’s ambitious redevelopment features new immersive galleries, supported by a transformed visitor experience which includes a new learning centre, new landscaping drawing on the heritage of the London Aerodrome and RAF Hendon, a new visitor centre including a café and shop, and a new restaurant housed in a 1930s RAF building at the heart of the site. The transformation makes the RAF Museum the only place where visitors can test their flying skills, explore RAF stories, sit inside an iconic cockpit and enjoy a picnic in a single day. Programmes have also been designed to deliver small object conservation skills and workshop spaces, additional apprenticeships, increased volunteering and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) formal and informal learning activities. A digital project, ‘RAF Stories’, has been developed through which the public will be encouraged to create and curate their own online scrapbooks using photographs, memories, film and audio recordings to share their experiences or those of their loved ones within the RAF and the broader RAF family. These stories will be shared internationally online as well as being embedded in the new exhibitions, enhancing the Museum’s storytelling: www.rafstories.org The transformed free-to-enter Museum in Colindale, North-West London includes The Duke of Cambridge's Sea King helicopter, from his days as a pilot in RAF Valley; three new innovative galleries which explore the first 100 years of the RAF, its roles today and invite visitors to imagine its future contribution and technology; and a new open, grassed landscape reflects the heritage of the site as The London Aerodrome and RAF Hendon. For more information about the RAF Museum’s RAF Centenary Programme visit www.rafmuseum.org The Duke of Cambridge's Sea King helicopter, from his time as a pilot in RAF Valley. t h i s i s l o n d o n m a g a z i n e • t h i s i s l o n d o n o n l i n e

MAKE FUTURISM GREAT AGAIN This summer, the Estorick Collection continues its series of interventions by contemporary artists with its most ambitious project to date: Make Futurism Great Again. It presents the full repertoire of the radical Neo Futurist Collective (AKA Joseph Young) which celebrates urban noise in all its visual and aural forms. Inspired by the Milan Futurists and the Art of Noises manifesto (1913), as well the poetics of the Dada movement, this 10-year art experiment culminates – and ends – this year. Using sound art, installation, archive material and performances, Neo Futurist Collective will be occupying the four permanent collection rooms at the Estorick, alongside its world class collection of modern Italian art. Visitors will be able to access illuminating background information and stories about each object on display via the Smartify app – available on smartphones and on tablets at the museum. Objects will include an antique bottle containing a mysterious violet liquid (‘The Essence of Neo Futurism’), props from performances, manifestos, costumes, documentary photos and sound installations with listening stations. Neo Futurist Collective asks: ‘What is the future for Futurism in an age of ecological apocalypse, the continuing fallout of global financial meltdown and the start of a new Cold War that has cyber terrorism and fake news as its main weapons? Can Art Save the World?’ Accompanying the project will be a number of new artistic commissions, exploring the legacy of Italian Futurism in the 21st century through sound and text. Speak Up!, the Collective’s community engagement programme, documents ‘moments of everyday protest’ in partnership with Age UK, The Stewart Low Trust and Claremont Project. The exhibition concludes on Tuesday 16 October with The Final Noise, in which visitors will witness the destruction of an artistic collective. TWO TOWERS AT TOWER BRIDGE Visitors can climb the famous towers of Tower Bridge this summer for a chance tomeet the architects, makers, thinkers and technicians who designed, built and laid the very foundations of London’s defining landmark. To commemorate the living legacy of one of London’s best-loved symbols, Tower Bridge will unveil the second phase of a three-year redevelopment that focuses on the human history behind the Bridge. Housed in the North and South Towers that link the high-level Walkways high above the River Thames, this continued celebration of the unsung heroes behind the Bridge will uncover fascinating stories from the lifetime of Tower Bridge from 1886 through to the present day. Visitors will be able to meet the architects, engineers and workers that built and kept Tower Bridge running. Following ongoing historic research, the permanent exhibition will feature archive footage of the Bridge under construction alongside never-beforeseen photographs of workers and unique objects; taking visitors through the lifetime of the Bridge, from its conception and construction right through to present day. As phase two of a wider-three year plan to develop Tower Bridge’s interpretation, human stories will continue to form an integral theme that unites the different elements of the Bridge. 25 t h i s i s l o n d o n m a g a z i n e • t h i s i s l o n d o n o n l i n e

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