In 2015, I applied for Heritage Lottery Funding on behalf of Silloth Tourism Action Group (STAG) to investigate the heritage of a small WW2 Airfield in Silloth. Below is a 23 minute long documentary film, one of the many other outputs of the year long Silloth Airfield Project.
Desk research, script, production and direction of the film by Anna Malina. Photos supplied by local people, local social media administrators and families of those serving at the airfield during WW2. Overhead video shots of the Airfield (as it is in the present day) by James Smith Photography. Voiceover by Tim Barker (an actor who lives locally, who also runs the Soldiers in Silloth Museum). Voiceover recording by Geoff Bettsworth, who ives locally and teaches guitar. Film edited (above and beyond the call of duty) by John Hamlett, Lunar Creative Video Productions.
Other outputs included:-
- A website – researched, designed and administered by Anna Malina, Project Co-ordinator – traces the history of the airfield and highlights memories of the men and women who were based there during WW2. Interviews by Anna Malina. Photos supplied by local people, local historians and families of those who served at Silloth Airfield during WW2.
- A drama, scripted and performed by Solway Community Technology College students.
- A leaflet about the Airfield. Content by Anna Malina. Layout by Mike Hughes Creative.
- A diorama of the airfield, complete with buildings, hangars, runways and planes replicating the aerodrome as it was during WW2 (designed and built by Brian Irwin)
- A Simulator for landing a WW2 Beaufighter on Runway 21 Silloth Airfield (by Open Source Programmer Stuart Buchanan)
- A Computer Simulator loaned by the Solway Aviation Museum
- A stall with artefacts borrowed from the Solway Aviation Museum
- An Exhibition of information and WW2 artefacts (Pop-up displays designed by Mike Hughes Creative and printed by John Cook Signs; artefacts relating to the airfield loaned by a number of local people, the Solway Aviation Museum and Dumfries and Galloway Aviation Museum.
- A WW2 table display was made by the pupils at Silloth Primary School