Duxford Imperial War Museum


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On Thursday 27th February 2014, nine students spent a day at Madingley American Cemetery and the Imperial War Museum, Duxford, Cambridgeshire.  The students, a mix of History, American Studies and War Studies, all taking the 3rd Year, Advance Option module. ‘USA and World War Two’ were given a guided tour of Madingley American Cemetery by Arthur Brookes, a volunteer there, and, after lunch, were given a talk about Second World War era planes at Duxford, by their tutor Dr Vicky Henshaw.  Madingley American Cemetery is the only World War Two American cemetery in the UK and contains 3,909 graves in 30.5 acres of grounds, as well as 5,127 names on the Tablets of the Missing.  The Imperial War Museum, Duxford, contains the American Air Museum which was created as a memorial to the 30,000 American airmen who died flying from British bases during the Second World War.  It houses the largest collection of American military aircraft in Europe.  Some of the students comments about the trip include; “It provided a visual and emotional experience of the course”, that “experiencing the material put ideas into context” and “the trip helped with imagining the reality of what we learn through our module work”.

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