Bishop Grosseteste University (BGU), in collaboration with the 100th Bomb Group Memorial Museum, are hosting a series of free talks on the United States Army Air Force during the Second World War.

These talks form part of a larger project led by Dr Derwin Gregory, Programme Leader for Archaeology and Heritage at BGU, on the history and archaeology of the USAAF.

The talks are free and open to the public, but registration is essential.

28 November – ‘The Archaeology of the Friendly Invasion

5 December – ‘We Have Come Home’: Pilgrimage, repatriation, and collective memory at the 100th Bomb Group Memorial Museum, Thorpe Abbotts

12 December – ‘”They Treated Us Royally?”: The Experiences of Black Americans supporting the air war in Britain

If you’re interested in studying Archaeology you can find out more about our courses on our website or through one of our virtual open events.

The 100th Bomb Group Memorial Museum has been dedicated for more than 40 years to preserving the stories and memories of the American involvement in World War Two based at Thorpe Abbotts, Norfolk. Housed in the original airfield control tower and surrounding atmospheric buildings the museum displays offer a moving testament to the Americans who came to a sleepy village in Norfolk to fight alongside the allies during World War Two.

100th Bomb Group Memorial Museum is entirely run by volunteers and is usually open from the beginning of March until the end of October each year. Entry to the museum is free and the organisation relies heavily on donations from visitors and sales in the gift shop. Due to the coronavirus pandemic the museum was unable to open this year.

You can keep up to date with what’s happening while the museum is closed, and the history of the 100th Bomb Group, on their social media channels:

Facebook/Twitter: @100bgmus