many years, airships have provided a point of interest to many.
At first the original small display at Cardington was operated
next to the Hangers under the voluntary management of Frank Kiernan.
The collection increased and enlarged and moved in to the RAF
base at Cardington where a large mutli room display was open,
by appointment, to the public. A second smaller display was on
show as part of the Shuttleworth Collection in Biggleswade. In
1999 the AHT had to move following the closure of RAF Cardington
and set up a small display at Shuttleworth.
has always been a problem that people have to get to either Cardington
or Shuttleworth to enjoy the pictures. In 1998 the launch of the
AHT website enabled the collection to move forward to be shown
to a larger global audience. However this too has it's limitations
as only being able to be enjoyed by those who have access to the
members always comment that they wish to help out but location
is a problem, the problem has now been solved - the AHT display
can now come to you !.
We have now two mobile displays consisting
of a collection of some 21 A3 size laminated photographs. These
have been expertly reproduced from the AHT Archive and Millennium
display, and many are also featured in the excellent "R101
in Pictures" book. The display consists of photos showing
the design and construction of the R101, detailing the work behind
the ship; crew photos; the detail of the ship interiors, and the
available are narrative labels, information on the Trusts activities,
and a brochure is also available to display.
to the left here is the display which was put up for a week at
Harpenden Library, and then sent off to form the display at the
Public Records Office in Kew.