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Coming face-to-face with history

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People of all ages got the chance to come face-to-face with flying coats, goggles and other items dating back to the Great War.

The Royal Air Force Museum in London, launched its national educational outreach project, the Collections Handling Tour, at the Yorkshire Air Museum at Elvington, York - the first of only three locations across the UK where people of all ages can interact with unique 100-year-old clothing and artefacts from the Great War of 1914–1918.

Alison Shean (left) and Lucy Woodbridge from the RAF Museum at Hendon wearing World War One outfits

Alison Shean (left) and Lucy Woodbridge from the RAF Museum at Hendon wearing World War One outfits

Items range from flying coats, goggles, helmets, boots, and an example of the famous SIDCOT flying suit was also presented. There are also reproductions of some of the items which both children and adults can try on during the sessions.

Another workshop running alongside the handling sessions is the Airfix sponsored Make and Take which gives youngsters an opportunity to build a model WWI biplane to take home with them.

Visitors were also able to see the Yorkshire Air Museum’s collection of four WWI aircraft.

The handling tour culminates on Sunday with the museum’s Thunder Day, where several of the museum’s live aircraft will be started up, including the SE5a and Eastchurch Kitten WWI fighters; the WWII Douglas Dakota; the 1947 De Havilland Devon twin prop and the big jets Nimrod MR2 XV250.