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Adam Sutch Memorial Lecture

The Making of a Memorial The Spire at the International Bomber Command Centre is surrounded by 271 Memorial Walls inscribed with the names of almost 58000 servicemen who lost their lives during World War II. Compiling the underlying data and...

The Making of a Memorial

The Spire at the International Bomber Command Centre is surrounded by 271 Memorial Walls inscribed with the names of almost 58000 servicemen who lost their lives during World War II. Compiling the underlying data and manufacturing the Walls has taken four years and thousands of voluntary hours.

In this lecture, Dave Gilbert describes the processes involved, from compiling the database, containing more than three million individual pieces of information, to manufacturing and erecting the individual walls on site. The lecture includes video footage of the laser cutting, rolling, heat-treating and shot blasting processes which were carried out by local companies during manufacture.

Dave also describes some of the compelling stories of bravery and personal sacrifice he has uncovered during his research and goes on to outline some of the fascinating research which has become possible now that the data is available in digital form.

Biography

Dave Gilbert is IBCC’s Losses Archivist. He has been working on the Losses Database since the launch of the IBCC project more than four years ago and has personally spent more than 6000 hours researching its contents. An engineer and local businessman, he has no family connection with Bomber Command but has lived near Lincolnshire RAF stations all of his life and is fascinated by this period of history. When asked why he volunteered for this task he usually responds “I didn’t choose it- it chose me.” Dave aspires to study for a PhD on the subject just as soon as he has the time!

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The Making of a Memorial

The Spire at the International Bomber Command Centre is surrounded by 271 Memorial Walls inscribed with the names of almost 58000 servicemen who lost their lives during World War II. Compiling the underlying data and manufacturing the Walls has taken four years and thousands of voluntary hours.

In this lecture, Dave Gilbert describes the processes involved, from compiling the database, containing more than three million individual pieces of information, to manufacturing and erecting the individual walls on site. The lecture includes video footage of the laser cutting, rolling, heat-treating and shot blasting processes which were carried out by local companies during manufacture.

Dave also describes some of the compelling stories of bravery and personal sacrifice he has uncovered during his research and goes on to outline some of the fascinating research which has become possible now that the data is available in digital form.

Biography

Dave Gilbert is IBCC’s Losses Archivist. He has been working on the Losses Database since the launch of the IBCC project more than four years ago and has personally spent more than 6000 hours researching its contents. An engineer and local businessman, he has no family connection with Bomber Command but has lived near Lincolnshire RAF stations all of his life and is fascinated by this period of history. When asked why he volunteered for this task he usually responds “I didn’t choose it- it chose me.” Dave aspires to study for a PhD on the subject just as soon as he has the time!

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