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New gallery exploring the iconic Spitfire to open at Birmingham Thinktank in April 2015

Close Up of SpitfirePublic fundraising campaign continues

Birmingham Museums has announced that it has been awarded £95,000 from HLF and £60,000 from DCMS Wolfson, securing the development for a new gallery within Thinktank dedicated to the iconic Supermarine Spitfire, and its legacy to the city.

Both a Supermarine Spitfire Mark IX and a Hawker Hurricane Mark IV are currently on display at Thinktank (suspended from the ceiling). Both aircraft have a special connection to the region. As Spitfires were manufactured in Castle Bromwich from 1940 – 1945 and parts for the Hurricane were made in the city.

This funding will allow the area currently dedicated to these aircraft to be expanded. Through displays of personal objects, specially created hands-on exhibits, and stories from people involved in the industry from 1940 to present day, visitors can explore the history of the aviation industry in the West Midlands and discover the science of flying.

Fundraising will continue to raise the remaining 20% of the total project cost.

Birmingham Museums is appealing help of the public to ensure the success of the gallery.

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