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R101 Archives on display

R101

We are pleased to have been able to supply Bedford Museum with pictures and documents for their current exhibition on the R100 and R101 airships. The exhibition is timed to coincide with the 80th anniversary of the crash of the R101 and can be seen at the Bedford Gallery until 19 December 2010.

Most of the archives relating to the airships are held by The National Archives at Kew. However, Bedfordshire & Luton Archives Service have various items relating to them and the works at Shortstown. Among the items on loan for the exhibition are the blue book for the R100's test flight to Canada and a preliminary design for the memorial to the crew and passengers of the R101 buried at Cardington by Ampthill based architect, Albert Richardson. This is one of a number of designs that Richardson prepared and which we hold in the Richardson & Houfe collection. The memorial was constructed in the summer of 1931 to a slightly different version of Richardson's design.