What’s On: Not just Bouncing Bombs! Sir Barnes Wallis and his Astounding Inventions

Discover more about the life of Sir Barnes Wallis famously known as the inventor of the bouncing bomb used in The Dambusters raid in 1943 in WWII, as part of a special exhibition during Heritage Open Days 2022.

The exhibition is open to the public on Saturday 10th September from 9.00am – 5.00pm and Sunday 11th September from 10.00am – 4:00pm at Manor Farm Tithe Barn in Little Bookham.

Sir Barnes lived close by in the neighbouring village of Effingham and is buried at St Lawrence Church, a short walk away. Back by popular demand, the Effingham Residents Association in association with the Brooklands Museum is pleased once again to present the exhibition held in 2019 to mark 40 years after his death, with Brooklands Museum this time presenting Sir Barnes’ astounding inventions.

Short films and documentaries and a recorded interview about him with his daughter, Elisabeth will also be shown. The exhibition is supported by the Barnes Wallis Foundation and members of the family of Sir Barnes.

The exhibition is being held in the impressive 15th Century Grade II listed Tithe Barn, formerly associated with All Saints Church (also open). The Barn is one of the largest in Surrey at 4,500 sq ft.

Refreshments can be enjoyed in the barn or in the terraced courtyard garden which has been recreated from photographs taken in the 1920s. Families with children are very welcome. Limited parking available on-site with further parking at the neighbouring Manor House School (also open Saturday 4th September only for Heritage Open Days).

Event info:

Manor Farm Tithe Barn, Manor Farm, Manor House Lane, Little Bookham, Surrey, KT23 4EW

Access: The courtyard garden and toilets have wheelchair access using ramps.

Directions: Manor Farm is off the A246 from Leatherhead to Guildford; turn right into Manor House Lane, the barn is on the right-hand side opposite the 2nd entrance to Manor House School.

For more information visit: heritageopendays.org.uk



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