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Pulham St Mary’s remarkable rescued snapshots of the past

Pulham Pig NS5 being landed, 1917, at Pulham Airstation. ANL-140423-113118001

Pulham Pig NS5 being landed, 1917, at Pulham Airstation. ANL-140423-113118001

The Pennoyer Centre in Pulham St Mary will play host to the airship festival ‘Pigs and People: Pulham’s Airships And The People Who Worked On Them’.

The Wakefield Collection, which was unveiled in the centre two years ago, included about 60 rare images of First World War airships operating from the Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS) base in Pulham.

They were set to be destroyed by a family member of George Hamilton Wakefield, a photographer for the RNAS, before they were rescued.

The exhibition will now focus not only on the airships themselves, but also the people who were involved in all aspects of the airships.

“By the end of the First World War, there were 3,000 servicemen and women plus 2,000 civilians on the station. It’s hard to imagine when you look at the peaceful landscape today,” said Sheila King, chairman of The Pennoyer Centre.

“We’ll have the original photography albums on show, which are truly remarkable. There will also be talks and some workshops.”

The event is on May 10 and 11, 10am-5pm, and entry is free.

 

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