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Hull Minster History Group - The R38 Airship Disaster by John Lawson

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On the afternoon of 24 August 1921 thousands of people in Hull witnessed the R38 airship explode and plummet into the Humber Estuary.

The craft was on a test flight from the nearby Howden airbase, before being accepted into service by the US Navy.

Of the crew of 49, only five survived. Many of the victims were buried in a mass grave in a city cemetery. This talk explores what effect it had on the city, the airship industry and the role Hull Minster played.

Hull Minster History Group

The group looks at aspects of the Minster’s history and how this history reflects the history of Hull and vice versa. The talks will also tell the story of Hull Minster.

All talks are at 12.30pm in the chancel on the third Tuesday of the month from April until September 2018. Talks are free to attend and all are welcome. They last approximately 45 minutes with tea and coffee afterwards.

2018 Programme:

  • April 17th - The R38 Airship Disaster by John Lawson
  • May 15th - Stained Glass Windows post 1918 by Jean Fenwick
  • June 19th - God’s House in Hull: the story of the Charterhouse by Ann Godden
  • July 17th - The Barker Trust: Coal for the Minster’s poor by John Lawson
  • August 21st - Hull Minster Building and the Medieval Town by Mark Keith
  • September 18th - Minster Mice: Robert ‘Mousey’ Thompson by John Lawson
Earlier Event: April 12
CAMRA Hull Real Ale & Cider festival
Later Event: April 18
Sofar Sounds