Airship Dreams: Escaping Gravity

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School Resources

Airship Dreamers in schools

Shortstown Airship Dreams. Colourful craft airship

Our Airship Dreams: Escaping Gravity project provides a great way for schools to link local, social history to the curriculum across a range of STEAM subjects.   

We have been working closely with Shortstown Primary School to develop a set of resources that are FREE for schools to use.  We’ve called this programme the Airship Dreamers Club.   

The resources can be used to support curriculum teaching, just for fun, or can be shared with parents for them to engage with their children at home. 

The resources are a perfect way to maximise a visit to the Airship Dreams: Escaping Gravity exhibition at The Higgins Bedford between 10th July – 20th March 2022.  Bookings can be made from September onwards. If you’d like to book a school visit to the museum, contact Clare Rogers ( or The Higgins Bedford ( )

Feel free to explore and download all the FREE resources below.  If you have any questions, please contact  

Teacher’s Guide to the Resource Pack – an explanation of the resources available and how to use them with your students  

Airship Dreamers Club Resource Pack – a student-facing PDF for you to download and print  

Curriculum Map (Years 1-6) – devised by Shortstown Primary School, these maps provide a suggested link to the curriculum for each year group and resources  

Teacher’s Video Guide – a guide to the online videos and how they can be used  in connection with the resource pack  

The Airship Dreamers Big Book List – a reading list of books that reference airships for students of a variety of ages, explained by local book expert Rachael Rogan  

Visiting facilitators for schools – a list of friendly airship experts, artists and facilitators that you could book for a session at your school 

Bedfordshire Archives Shortstown Pack – a free PDF resource that outlines the history of Shortstown  

Airship Dreamers Club Certificate – a free printable certificate for you to issue to your students as a reward for participating in the activities.  We can also provide pin badges for a small cost.  Please contact us  at for details. 

These resources have been supported with funding from National Lottery Heritage Fund, Arts Council England, Bedford College, The Harpur Trust, Gale Family Trust, Airship Heritage Trust and Bedford Borough Council.  

Airship Dreams poster for schools

Credit: Katie Allen