The Steepest Climb - the story of the IBCC
The International Bomber Command Centre in Lincoln is a world leading site of commemoration for the 57,861 men and women of many nations who gave their lives supporting the Command in World War Two.
But this iconic Centre – rated as the top Place to Visit in Lincolnshire on Trip Advisor -- - and its leading online resources were not easily achieved.
The idea and inspiration came in 2009 from Lincolnshire’s then Lord-Lieutenant, the late Tony Worth, who lost two uncles in the Command.
Tony and a small staff team plus many volunteers, had to work, inspire, beg, battle, and ultimately borrow to achieve the £16m Centre, officially opened on a memorable site on the South Common ridge opposite Lincoln Cathedral in 2018.
Filmmaker Andrew Blow filmed on 37 occasions from 2015. Across 8 items, and 100 minutes, the story of the IBCC unfolds.
The title film, “The Steepest Climb”, filmed at the official opening, reflects the uphill slog that Tony and the team had to undertake to create the Centre and commemorate the Command in “Bomber County” from which many of them flew.
The online Losses Database is a comprehensive source about the fallen and what happened to them. Work is ongoing to make it yet more informative.
And the Digital Archive steadily grows as photographs, diaries, log books, etc, loaned by families, are scanned, curated, and put online. Both these online resources are featured in the DVD.
The Chadwick Centre is also featured. It employs state-of-the-art technology and interactive displays to tell the story through the eyes of those who saw events first-hand.
The IBCC carries stories from communities at home and abroad that were bombed - and is indeed a place of Recognition, Remembrance and Reconciliation.
Added 3rd Dec 2019 - With many others, we mourn the passing of Les Rutherford, aged 101, a veteran whose escapes from Dunkirk and, three years later, a crashing Lancaster were legendary. We thank him for his participation in both "The Steepest Climb" and "Operation Failed to Return" and send condolences to his wife and family.
|Running Time||100 Minutes|