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Theme - Barnes Wallis

The 70th anniversary of the Dambusters Raid is commemorated by exploring the life and creativity of the inventor of the ‘bouncing bomb’, Barnes Wallis.

Past events

Barnes Wallis: In Yorkshire and beyond

11-23 June, Mon-Thur, 9am-5pm; Fri-Sat, 9am-3:30pm; Sun, 11am-4pm, Merchant Adventurers’ Hall

The name of Barnes Wallis is linked with inventions which contributed to the Allied victory in World War II, such as the Wellington bomber and the bouncing bomb. But, as this exhibition shows, he was a scientist who worked on far more including airships and nuclear submarines.

Admission: £6 (£5 concessions) for entry to the Hall


The Dam Busters (u)

23 June, 1pm, City Screen

During World War II, Dr Barnes Wallis (Redgrave) was possessed with a seemingly absurd idea: the creation of a revolutionary bouncing bomb to destroy the Ruhr dams and paralyse Germany’s industrial heartland.

Tickets: City Screen Box Office, 0871 902 5726

Admission: £7.50 (concessions £6.50; members £5.50)


Barnes Wallis: His life and work

20 June, 7pm, Merchant Adventurers' Hall

Barnes Wallis’ reputation suffers from being dominated by the ‘bouncing bomb’, but there was much more to his inventive mind. Peter Rix from the Barnes Wallis Memorial Trust will cover some of Barnes Wallis’ most significant inventions and will try to give some insight into what sort of man he was.

Admission: Free, ticketed