SUPPORTERS STONES

BECOME PART OF A PROJECT THAT MAKES AND PRESERVES HISTORY

Set your name in stone at the first Visit England Gold winner in Lincolnshire… the first place in the world to commemorate the stories of the Bomber Command.

The IBCC exists because people made it happen with their fantastic support and donations. Our Supporters Stones give something back to individuals, families and businesses who want to be a part of making and preserving history.

The Centre was built on the support of our local, international and global community. Donations are an integral part of who we are, and the Centre was built on the support of our local, international and global community.

And now, you can be a part of that.


“The Supporters Stones are our way of saying: ‘You too can leave a legacy; you too can be a part of something in your local area that’s making history.”

Nicky van der Drift, CEO of International Bomber Command Centre


During World War II, over a million men and women from all backgrounds, ethnicities and ideologies served or supported Bomber Command. They had one purpose: to protect our freedom.

Every one of these volunteers has a unique story. It’s our job to protect those stories, and we need your help. Here’s how your purchase of a Supporters Stone will help our mission…

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The Impact Supporters Stone have on the Centre

Education for generations to come

We’ve put 6,500 primary school children, cadets and youth groups through our learning programmes. One Supporters Stone allows us to train an education volunteer in everything they need. It enables one of those youth groups to come in and have additional support with us to cover staff on site.

These stories are their heritage, their freedom, and how they got to be where they are. If we don’t do this work now, and we don’t teach them the importance of remembrance, this is heritage lost. And once it’s lost, it can’t be found.

Researching and preserving memories

All of these stories are uncovered because we have researchers who work with us to preserve the memories of those involved in Bomber Command.

Your support enables us to continue our vital research. One stone can enable us to train a volunteer to do oral history recording, kit them up with the appropriate kit and send them out to these really important interviews.

We have an orchestra of voices around us, and those voices are from different perspectives, angles and journeys. Thanks to our work in capturing that, we’ve heard some of the most incredible heritage in history, heritage that would have died out if we hadn’t brought it together to preserve and present it.

Shaping the future of the Centre

Furthering our research will give us long-term sustainability, because there’s a whole other story to add to this project in terms of the Cold War and post-war story.

Longevity is key for projects like us. An exhibition like this needs refreshing every five years and if you’re going to do it well you need to invest. That means raising funds through donations and Supporters Stones.


“Making sure their stories are told for future generations will certainly be the most important thing that I will ever do in life.”
Nicky van der Drift, CEO of International Bomber Command Centre


How businesses can support the centre

Our Supporters Stones are for everyone, from individuals and families to businesses, groups and organisations.

Emma Brealey, Director of Petwood Hotel, was one of the first to purchase a stone.


“I thought a Supporters Stone would be a nice way for our customers and guests to recognise that we’ve supported this fantastic project. What I hadn’t anticipated is how that donation would be interpreted by the team.

“One of our staff recently came to me and said, ‘I went to the IBCC at the weekend with some colleagues and was overwhelmingly proud to see my employer’s name alongside other stones.’

“A Supporters Stone is an internal statement to your team and community. It has benefits reaching far beyond the concept of marketing, providing a sense of real involvement in their heritage.

“This is a significant experience for all stakeholders within your business.”


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