Two years ago we invited artist Mike Stubbs to begin an artistic inquiry into Bedford’s airship history. Airship Dreaming in The library is the first project to come out of his research. Commissioned by Bedford Central Library, in partnership with us at BCA, this project has been developed by Mike, working with artist and inventor Dave Lynch. Using images of the famous R101 airship built at Cardington Sheds, we invite you to join us over May half-term to bring history back to life, using augmented reality.
Each day there are drop-in activities where you can learn about Bedford’s airship history and experience the magic of augmented reality environments. Using the library’s airship archive, model-making and augmented reality, gain hands-on experience of creating your own content using mobile phones and tablets, develop your creative and technology skills and let your imagination fly.
Alongside the activity on the first floor of the library, check out the hackerspace with skills tutorials on the Thursday and Friday afternoons. Find out more about airship innovation with a talk from Hybrid Air Vehicles on today’s airship, the Airlander. At the end of the week join us for a public sharing of the work.
Dates and Times
Drop-in activities. Free. Suitable for 8+
Tuesday 28 May 2019 11:00-15:30
Wednesday 29 May 2019 11:00-15:30
Thursday 30 May 2019 11:00-15:30
Friday 31 May 2019 11:00-15:30
Saturday 1 June 2019 11:00-15:30
Hackerspace Suitable for 12+
Working with artist and inventor Dave Lynch
Thursday 30 May 2019 13:30-15:30
Friday 31 May 2019 13:30-15:30
Spaces limited. Book at the library
Thursday 30 May 2019 14:30-15:30 The Airlander, the new cruise ship for the sky. An interactive talk by Andrew Barber, Airworthiness and Flight Test Engineer, Hybrid Air Vehicles
Sunday 2 June 2019 11:00-13:00 Public sharing
Join the artists and makers to experience their augmented reality creations.
All events take place at Bedford Central Library
In 2020 it will be ninety years since the first transatlantic airship flight of the R100 from Bedford to Montreal, followed just months later by the fatal crash of the R101. This tragedy killed forty-eight men, including local men from Shortstown, and resulted in the demise of the airship industry at the time.
The R101 was like a luxury cruise liner for the skies. It wasn’t just full of air. People wanted to travel in style in the 1920s and at the time, aeroplanes didn’t offer this level of comfort or scale.
Whilst the aeroplane has superceded the airship for distance travel by air, the airship industry has continued to develop. Today, the airship industry is alive and kicking in Bedford, with Hybrid Air Vehicles’ Airlander.
The project is commissioned by Bedford Borough Council and supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
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