Saturday, 21 January 2012

Kevin Dutton - 9yr old Huey fanatic and his captivating website

As you look through, it is easy to forget that this website was created by a 9 year old. Please take the time to have a look. It is truly captivating.

Museum to appear in TV show

A London based film crew took over the museum recently to film a brand new episode of American TV Show, Seconds from Disaster. The episode entitled 'Black Hawk Down' recreated the near disastrous American Military mission into Somalia on October 3rd 1993 which was made famous by Director Ridley Scott's  Oscar winning movie of the same name.

Sections of the Museums hangar were transformed by a set design team to recreate the Marines barracks and Ops Centre, and a helicopter from the museum's collection was modified to resemble the Black Hawk. 

Seconds from Disaster is an American documentary television series that  investigates historically relevant man-made and natural disasters. Each episode aims to explain a single incident by analyzing the causes and circumstances that ultimately affected the disaster. The series uses re-enactments, interviews, testimonies, and CGI to analyze the sequence of events second-by-second for the audience.

Saturday, 7 January 2012

Inscape Landscape - An Exhibition of Art by Rachael Lomas


  To tie in with the 30th Anniversary of the Falklands Conflict, West Country artist Rachael Lomas will be exhibiting a brand new selection of artwork at The Helicopter Museum.
The exhibition, entitled ‘Inscape Landscape’, will reflect upon the environment of the Falkland Islands and how it may have affected the progress of the war.  “I want to interpret the conflict from a retrospective view point, examining the ‘Inscape’ of the servicemen involved and how they connected emotionally with the environment,” explained Rachael.  “The terrain is visually harsh, foreboding and somewhat unnerving and I think that serves as a very powerful metaphor for what the troops had to endure both physically and mentally during the campaign”.

Rachael, a BA Honours Graduate who studied Fine Art at Oxford Brookes University and completed an MA in History of Art at Christie’s Education, has applied herself enthusiastically in researching the subject and planning the exhibition.   During this period of research, she interviewed veterans of the conflict to gain first hand knowledge and a detailed insight into the mindset of the troops involved.

In capturing the complexities of the Falklands War in visual form, Rachael will explore the subject matter with intricate pen and ink drawings and structural art book forms.  The ordered nature of the line drawings, meticulous cut shapes and the diffused use of shadow imagery, creates a thought provoking visual forum of fragmented memories and comradeship.

Rachael Lomas' exhibition will run alongside a factual display detailing the various roles played by helicopters during the 1982 conflict which has been created by the volunteers at The Helicopter Museum in association with The North Somerset Modelling Society.

The exhibition itself will also form part of a very special 30th Anniversary event taking place at the Museum in May as part of the national 'Museums at Night 2012' campaign. The Commemorative Falklands Weekend will feature a Military Vehicle Display, Living History Encampment and Historical Re-enactment Society.

'Inscape Landscape' and 'The Falklands Conflict' will open on February 1st  and run for 26 weeks.
on of helicopters.