Tucker Diaries come to East Boldre

Galleries and Exhibitions
2019-07-26 13:00 - 2019-07-28 16:00
East Boldre Village Hall - Main Rd, East Boldre SO42 7WD, UK
01590 626368
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Contact Person
Stephen Antczak
First Line of Venue Address
East Boldre Village Hall
East Boldre
SO42 7WD

East Boldre was the site of one of the first flying schools in the world from 2010-2012. It wasn’t long before the Royal Flying Corp chose it as a site for the WW1 military flying school known as RFC Beaulieu. They cleared the heathland, erected massive buildings and soon outnumbered the astounded villagers by three to one. They flew their machines into trees, knocked off chimney pots and even landed on the Post Office roof. 46 young pilots died. The RFC became the RAF in 1918, but in 1920, RAF Beaulieu closed, the buildings were removed and the heath restored to grazing by New Forest ponies. All that remains is a few concrete foundations poking out in the heath, a broken chimney pot and the Officers’ Mess, now the East Boldre Village Hall.

The new exhibition panels show hundreds of restored photographs taken on the site and from the air during WW1 including many new additions. Also on display will be the newly discovered photos, documents and diaries from Corporal Gordon Tucker, a 19 year-old engineer who provided the most detailed records found so far of the day to day life at the time.

Admission to the exhibition is free. Refreshments will be available and the airfield books will be on sale and can be signed by the authors who will be there to talk to you.

The exhibtion times are:

Friday 26 July 1pm to 5pm
Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 July 10am to 4pm


All Dates

  • From 2019-07-26 13:00 to 2019-07-28 16:00

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