Historic International Bomber Command Centre in Lincoln to open early next year

The new International Bomber Command Centre in Lincoln is set to be open to the public in January.

Based off Canwick Hill, work began at the site in 2014 and the £10 million centre will open four years later, providing an invaluable resource on Bomber Command for visitors and locals.

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Nicky Barr, director of the IBCC, told The Lincolnite: “It’s a great community resource with the gardens and the memorial being free to access, once you go in there, there is an exhibition that tells the story of all of Bomber Command and all the sides of it too.

“The building is now water tight and the internal plastering is now being done. It’s all very exciting as you can see the rooms taking place, so the whole building should be finished in September to the beginning of October.

“After the building is complete work will begin to finalise the exhibition which should see the centre fully completed in December.

“We’ll open it up to the public in January onwards as December is Christmas time and the weather won’t be too great.”

Bomber Boy’s daughter finishes charity walk

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Linda Meredith completed her 150 mile walk from London Bomber Command Memorial to the IBCC which she started on July 29, raising money for the new centre and RAF Benevolent Fund.

“It feels wonderful to complete the walk, but I’m feeling very emotional,” she said.

When I get back to the hotel and open up my iPad and see that people are putting messages on and re-tweeting it means and awful lot.”

In reaction to the IBCC, Linda said: “I think it’s going to be great because, this is going to tell people stories.

“It’s about the individuals behind those huge numbers and their families, the people who waited and the people who supported them.”