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The Spitfire Evolves

16/09/202110:5816/09/2021 12:25Leave a Comment

Spitfires were streamlined, all-metal fighters with large, curving wings and powerful Rolls-Royce engines. They proved their worth during the Battle of Britain and captured the imagination of the British public. Joe Smith led the Supermarine team after Reginald Mitchell’s death in 1937. The versatile Spitfire design was developed and updated to meet new wartime challenges. […]

Merlin Engines

15/09/202115:33Leave a Comment

These objects are parts from a Rolls-Royce Merlin Engine. Sections have been cut away to reveal the inner workings. The Merlin Engine The Merlin was designed and built by Rolls-Royce. These powerful and reliable engines were fitted to many Second World War aircraft including the Avro Lancaster, Hawker Hurricane and the Supermarine Spitfire. Over 150,000 […]

Spitfire RW388

15/09/202109:3516/09/2021 10:25Leave a Comment

Our Spitfire was donated to Stoke-on-Trent in 1972 to honour the city’s connection to aeroplane designer Reginald Mitchell. Find out more about Spitfire RW388 through the pages and links below. Spitfire RW388 This Spitfire was built in Castle Bromwich in May 1945. It is a Spitfire Mark XVI (16) with shortened, ‘clipped’ wings and an […]

Journey to the Spitfire

01/09/202115:5216/09/2021 10:53Leave a Comment

Reginald Joseph Mitchell was one of the leading aeroplane designers of his generation. He was born in Butt Lane, Kidsgrove in 1895 and raised and educated in Stoke-on-Trent. He designed 24 different aeroplanes during his prolific career, before his death in 1937 aged only 42. Mitchell’s designs ranged from commercial flying boats, made from wood […]

The Paper Hurricane

01/09/202114:5417/09/2021 15:16Leave a Comment

Engineering meets Art – The Paper Hurricane Suhail Shaikh, 2021 This 1:3 scale sculpture of the Hawker Hurricane is made entirely out paper. The use of simple material, cut and glued by hand, echoes the traditional construction of the original. The skeletal frame reveals its complexity, including a fully detailed engine, saluting the excellence of […]

Cylinder Bank

01/09/202114:4315/09/2021 15:35Leave a Comment

Merlin Engine Cylinders This is a bank of six cylinders from a Merlin engine. Air and fuel are burnt inside the cylinders to move the pistons up and down. A crankshaft converts the up-and down-motion of the pistons into a round-and-round motion, turning a shaft connected to the propeller. The ‘four-stroke’ cycle: The piston moves […]

The Grantham Climate Art Prize


Know a budding artist aged 12-25? They could be in for a chance to win £250 cash, plus their artwork painted as a gigantic mural wall in a UK city! The Grantham Climate Art Prize is calling for messages of hope on climate change. Follow the link to find out how to enter the Grantham […]

Hispano Cannon

31/08/202114:3915/09/2021 13:13Leave a Comment

20mm Hispano Cannon Early Spitfires had eight machine guns but they weren’t very effective against large, armoured bombers. Spitfires were quickly adapted to also carry cannons. They fired a 20mm x 110mm shell that exploded on impact. There were early problems fitting cannons to Spitfires. They had to be angled on their sides to fit […]

Which Spitfire?

31/08/202113:5215/09/2021 12:04Leave a Comment

More than 20,000 Spitfires were built between 1936 and 1948. The design was adapted and developed into many different variants. Here are some examples for you to compare. Some variants were vital to the war effort. The Mark IX competed with Germany’s new Focke Wulf Fw 190. Photo-reconnaissance Spitfires, like the Mark 19, flew long […]