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Annual General Meeting Notice 2019

Annual General Meeting 2019
Saturday 9th June 2018 2:00pm


Notice is hereby given of the 2019 Annual General Meeting of the Airship Heritage Trust.

Date : Saturday 8th June 2018 at 2:00pm

Cardington Village Hall
Southill Road,
MK44 3SP

Guests and potential new members are welcome to attend, and it's a good chance to catch up with old friends and new. Refreshments (tea, coffee and biscuits) will be provided so put the date in your diary

AGM Meeting Agenda

  1. Receive apologies for absence
  2. Approve the minutes of the 2018 Annual General Meeting
  3. Receive the Chairman's Report
  4. Receive and adopt the Accounts and Report of the Council for the year to 31st December 2018
  5. Election of Council Members in accordance with Articles 69 to 77
  6. Appoint Collett Hulance, Chartered Accountants of 40 Kimbolton Road, Bedford, MK40 2NR as the Reporting Accountants for the coming year.
  7. To transact any other business advised in writing to the Membership Secretary.


Followed at 2:45pm by a talk:
"Project Zero"

by Gary Ball

Project Zero has been researching the role and development of airships during the First World War as a centenary commemoration of the conflict around the coasts of Wales. Its aim is to tell the remarkable story of the men and women who designed, built and served with the little-known fleet of airships, known as Blimps or Dirigibles to combat the U-boat threat to our shipping from 1914-1918. It has been initiated and led by 'History Matters' a not for profit community heritage organisation and the research funded by a grant from HLF Wales. A part-time project officer (Gary Ball) has been leading a small group of volunteers from across the globe in this task.

The story of the Zero airship first presented itself with the discovery of this photograph of SSZ 31 flying under the Menai bridge near Anglesey on November 14th 1918 to celebrate the Armistice. By 2014 it had become the initiator for our WW1 centenary project, partnered with the Imperial War Museum and the Living Legacies engagement centres.

Our research began in November 2016 to determine if there was surviving evidence and details to build a faithful full sized and detailed replica of a Submarine Scout Zero class airship control car. Not just a museum exhibit but a prop for a hands-on and interactive display, to engage the old and young alike and create a unique living history experience to initiate the discovery and learning of this remarkable yet forgotten chapter in the history of conflict and technology.

The resources for this replica have been drawn from the few remaining plans and drawings, preserved in the Smithsonian Institute in Washington at the National Aerospace museum, supplied to the project by the RAF Museum, Cosford, Staffordshire; alongside a number of photographs of the only surviving example held in the reserve collection of the French aerospace museum, again kindly supplied by RAF Cosford.

The AHT is proud to be a supporter of this amazing project. More information can be found here...


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