Young Eagles

We are really excited to be collaborating with the Army Welfare service at Middle Wallop, to welcome the Young Eagle’s youth group into the Museum. Over the next few months, they will be exploring our aircraft, stories and exciting artefacts and taking part in challenges and activities based on our stories. The group meets each month at the Museum in the early evening. Activities include team building skills and challenges, looking in closer detail at our aircraft, making mini videos about our people and stories and much more.

We will be working with Chapel Arts Studio Artist, Katt Grover to devise, create and produce some animations inspire by our collections, stories, and aircraft. We'll be finding out about inventor Tilly Shilling, who was famous for inventing a pivotal part of the Spitfire, with Red Sauce Theatre. We will also be joined by an Illustrator, who will be helping us create our own World War Two illustrations and learning about our stories throughout the rest of the year.

Watch the short film below to find out what the group have been up to in previous sessions.

The two links below are poems devised and co-written by members of the group to mark Remembrance week with the help of children’s author Conrad Burkedin.

Guess Who

A Little Riddle

Earlier in the year, the group were given the challenge of making their own movie trailer and mini film inspired by First World War Royal Flying Corps Victoria Cross recipients, which included Leefe Robinson, Gilbert Insall, Edward Mannock and James McCudden. Each of the 4 films were made by the youth group in small teams with each team member taking on the role of the Victoria Cross recipient, the interviewer, director and camera person. They undertook interviews and researched the story of the individual Royal Flying Corps pilot. The teams then took over the Museum as a film location as part of the Kids in Museums Takeover Day, for which they received certificates.

Check out Some of the young eagles videos below

You can click HERE to download an activity sheet inspired by Victoria Cross recipient, Gilbert Insall.

Below is a short film made by the group exploring some of the gliders used during World War Two and the facts that they found out about them. 

The group have been meeting virtually over the summer before the holidays and worked with Rachel Goodall from Red Sauce Theatre Company and Martin Jakeman from Historical Huzzahs to explore life on the home front and the role played by the Glider Pilot Regiment during World War Two. Watch their short film below to discover what they learned.

Watch this short film to find out what the group have been up to over the summer.

Below is a video performance created by Red Sauce Theatre Company for the group to explore the life of Beatrice Shilling, who was an aeronautical engineer. The Red Sauce Theatre Company performed this piece to the group in December in a session exploring the lives of female engineers.