Save the International Memorial to the Many

by International Bomber Command in Lincoln, England, United Kingdom

Save the International Memorial to the Many
We did it
On 19th October 2020 we successfully raised £41,899 ( + est. £5253.00 Gift Aid ) with 795 supporters in 28 days

Help this award-winning project survive, after COVID decimated finances. Protect the heritage of a lost generation who protected our freedom

by International Bomber Command in Lincoln, England, United Kingdom

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Not only will your support protect the important work of the project, it will allow us to develop our resources to be able to share, digitally, our education and engagement programmes to many more people.

Help us spread the message of Recognition, Remembrance and Reconciliation.


The charity, Lincolnshire Bomber Command Memorial, which owns and runs the International Bomber Command Centre, in Lincoln, was set up to finally recognise and remember the Many, those brave men and women from 62 nations who served or supported Bomber Command.

The project has been entirely funded through donations and grant funding and receives no central government support.  It took the team over 8 years to raise the necessary funds to build this multi-award winning centre and Memorial, which provides the only place in the world where all 58,000 lives lost in the Command are commemorated, individually, by name.

It now includes the biggest single free-to-access digital resource on the Command including documents, photographs, letters, oral testimonies and records those who perished. 

Importantly, the centre focusses not only on those who served, but covers those who suffered as a result of the campaign and the struggle to rebuild post war, promoting reconciliation.

Since opening, the project has put over 6,000 children through its award-winning education programme, ensuring that the service and sacrifice of the many will always be remembered.

COVID has had a devastating effect on our finances, having wiped out income during closure by 90% and the pain continues with 89% of bookings cancelled to the end of the year.

This centre, which ensures that this key period in our history and those that were involved are never forgotten is now at risk of closure, without your help.

Help us continue to preserve the memories of an incredible generation of men and women so that we can educate and inspire the generations that follow.

We know some will prefer to donate directly and so cheques, made out to LBCM, should be sent to International Bomber Command Centre, Canwick Avenue, Lincoln, LN4 2HQ

Sqn Ldr George "Johnny" Johnson MBE DFM is the last surviving member of the Dambusters.  He has been an avid supporter of the IBCC, from the early days and has personally raised money through signings and talks.  This interview was recorded on the opening of the IBCC in April 2018.  Johnny explains how important this project is to those who served and future generations.

Here's a short film from Colin McFarlane, IBCC supporter, Dark Knight and Outlander actor, and voice of ITV's Cube.

WW2 Author, Historian and Broadcaster, James Holland explains why keeping this centre open is so important.

Carol Vorderman is a TV presenter and columnist, best known for 26 years on Channel 4's Countdown and as the host for the Pride of Britain Award. She is an Honorary Air Commodore for the RAF Cadets.  In 2018, Carol hosted the Opening Concert for the IBCC.

John Sergeant is a journalist, broadcaster, author and presenter and has supported the IBCC for many years.  In 2018 he hosted the Official Opening Ceremony.

Cadet Lance Corporal Adrian Robson recently launched a challenge with his cadet group to climb over 89,000 steps to "summit" Mount Everest.  hear why he did it here:

Charlotte is the CEO of the main tourism body representing Lincolnshire, Visit Lincoln.  She has supported the project for the last 5 years and is passionate about promoting all that the county has to offer.  Hear why the centre is so important to the county.

Rusty Waughman DFC AFC Ld'H is a Bomber Command veteran who served with 101 Squadron, which suffered the highest loss rate of the war.  He has been a fantastic supporter of the IBCC and has raised money for the project.

Neil Farrell is a Lancaster Pilot and Bomber Leader with the RAF's Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, based at Coningsby.  He has flown the Lancaster over the IBCC Memorial Spire a number of times.  

Thank you for your support.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

Unique Vulcan Bomber Statuette Prize Draw

Every donation over £10 will be entered into a prize draw to win a unique, hand crafted copper Vulcan Bomber, created by artist, Seth Allen. This stunning piece measures

£15 or more

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Limited Edition "Lincoln View" greetings card

This beautiful card was drawn for us by Bomb Aimer veteran, Les Rutherford, who sadly passed away last year, aged 101. Despite having Glaucoma, Les managed to include incredible detail and depth in this spectacular view across Lincoln from the Memorial Spire. He supported the project through sales of his book "My War", signings and these cards.

£25 or more

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Limited Edition Print of the Memorial Spire

Limited Edition Print of the Memorial Spire and Poppies. This print was created specifically for the unveiling of The Memorial in October 2015. A copy was given to all 312 Bomber Command veterans on the day.

£40 or more

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Our Story, Your History Book

A copy of a book which was written to mark the opening of the Centre in 2018. The book features the story of the project and features the histories of several veterans. This book is a fitting reminder to current and future generations of the commitment and sacrifice associated with the men and women, from 62 different nations, who came together in Bomber Command during the Second World War.

£50 or more

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Who Will You Honour Name

Your name will be recorded against the entry of an individual of your choice on our Losses Database. You will receive a certificate and your named individual will be honoured with a poppy as part of our annual Children’s Service of Remembrance

£75 or more

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Limited Edition Gilded Commemorative Coin

The coin has been specially designed for the IBCC and incorporates a picture of a Lancaster which has been crafted out of metal from the wing of World War 2 Lancaster Mk X, KB852. These unique 4.25 cm coins are each stamped with their individual number and come in a presentation box with a certificate of authenticity. No more than this series of 200 will ever be made.

£250 or more

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A Supporters Stone

Bordering the lawns leading up to the entrance to the centre, our Ribbon of Support ensures your contribution is publicly marked on the approach to the Centre. The stone measures 150mm x 200mm and is carved with your name. All our stones are created out of hard wearing and durable Yorkshire Scoutmoor stone. The colours vary from each stone, from blue grey to buff brown, so no two stones are the same.

£100 or more

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A Private Guided Tour with Vintage Afternoon Tea

A Private Guided Tour with Vintage Afternoon Tea for Two. One of our knowledgeable and passionate guides will give you a fascinating insight into the history of the project and of Bomber Command. Taking in the Peace Gardens, Ribbon of Remembrance and Memorial and the three immersive exhibition galleries. Your visit will culminate in a vintage afternoon tea overlooking the Memorial and Lincolnshire Peace Gardens.

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