Hitler's plans to bomb Rugby go on display in new exhibition - The Rugby Observer

Hitler's plans to bomb Rugby go on display in new exhibition

Rugby Editorial 20th Dec, 2016   0

WARTIME plans to bomb Rugby are part of a new exhibition of rarely-seen maps, plans and aerial photographs of the town.

A Place Called Rugby charts how the town has changed and developed, and reveals moments in history which defined Rugby – none more so than the chilling maps of bombing targets selected by the Luftwaffe during the Second World War.

Though the raid never took place, the maps identify a number of key targets, including the railway network, factories such as the Willans Works and British Thompson-Houston, and the Hospital of St Cross and St Luke’s Hospital.

The exhibition, drawn from Rugby Art Gallery and Museum’s social history collection, also showcases postcards featuring aerial photographs of the town and the railway track plans of Rugby Midland Station.

Visitors can also explore A-Z street maps and discover how Rugby has changed decade-by-decade.

Rugby Borough Council growth and investment spokeswoman Coun Heather Timms said: “The Museum’s social history collection is a treasure trove of objects, documents and photographs which give a fascinating insight into the history of our town.

“A Place Called Rugby offers visitors the chance to step back in time and discover how the town has developed and changed over the years.”

A Place Called Rugby is at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum until Saturday January 14.

Visit www.ragm.co.uk for more information.


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