The Steepest Climb - the story of the IBCC
Our new DVD “The Steepest Climb - the story of the IBCC” is released on 2nd October 2019 - the fourth anniversary of the unveiling of the IBCC Memorial Spire. It tells the story of the iconic International Bomber Command Centre on Lincoln’s South Common ridge and the long battle to achieve it. Over 8 films and 100 minutes, the story unfolds.
Filmmaker Andrew Blow, who first filmed on the sunny day of the 2015 Memorial Spire unveiling, returned on a further 36 filming expeditions, finishing this summer when the “Archway of Peace”, created by local schoolchildren, was erected. His coverage includes the main period of development of the Chadwick Centre, the veterans who so encouraged the project, the unofficial and official openings, the superb volunteer effort, the Peace Gardens and Ribbon of Remembrance and much more.
The films which make up this DVD are:
- The Steepest Climb
- The Veterans
- The Digital Archive
- The Losses Database
- Meet the Volunteers
- Archway of Peace
- The First Customer
- The IBCC Peace Gardens
“The Steepest Climb”, made at the official opening in April last year, reflects the long battle by the late Tony Worth, then Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire, the small staff and the many volunteers, to deliver the £16m project. The Centre, with its core tenets of Recognition, Remembrance and Reconciliation, is exceeding visitor expectations and is rated as the top Place to Visit in Lincolnshire on Trip Advisor.
Thanks to their efforts, the 57,861 men and women of many nations who gave their lives supporting the Command in WW2 are memorialised in the “Bomber County” of Lincolnshire from where so many flew. The online Losses Database is a comprehensive source of 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 on line. The work of both these resources is explained 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 - in the air and on the ground - who saw events first-hand.
Andrew Blow said:”It has been a privilege to follow the IBBC project. In working with the veterans, the IBCC staff and the volunteers I have gained so many insights into the Bomber Command story and it is really quite humbling.”
This DVD would make an ideal Christmas present for anyone with an interest in the IBCC!