BBC HomeExplore the BBC
This page has been archived and is no longer updated. Find out more about page archiving.

24 September 2014
Press Office
Search the BBC and Web
Search BBC Press Office

BBC Homepage

Contact Us

Press
Releases
Spitfire

Spitfire beats Bagpuss and the Bouncing Bomb to top the polls in The People's Museum



A Test Supermarine Spitfire uhas beaten hundreds of popular artefacts including Bagpuss and the Bouncing Bomb to be voted Britain's favourite museum piece.

 

The Spitfire, which is housed in the Think Tank Museum, Birmingham, was one of almost 300 items selected from more than 70 museums across the country and showcased in the BBC TWO programme The People's Museum.

 

Viewers were asked to vote for their favourite pieces - the top 20 were placed in a virtual online museum at bbc.co.uk/history and presenter Paul Martin announced today (Friday) that the overall winner was the most famous of all World War II fighters, the Spitfire.

 

Paul Martin said: "We have seen literally hundreds of wonderful items over this fabulous series, and heard some amazing stories - every one of which deserves recognition.

 

"However I agree that the Spitfire is very special because it's thanks to this aeroplane - and the team behind it - that the RAF won one of our greatest battles, the Battle of Britain."

 

Series producer Stephen Taylor Woodrow said: "This highly interactive, regionally-focused project aimed to re-ignite interest in local museums and galleries and give people a chance to find out more about treasures they are unlikely to have seen or even heard of, even though they may be just down the road.

 

"I hope we have succeeded in that aim and that people will visit the website and go on to enjoy exploring the museums and finding out more about this country's fascinating history."

 

The top five items chosen were:

  • Spitfire (ThinkTank Museum Birmingham)
  • The Suffragette Medal (Museum Of London)
  • George Sluman's D Day Flag (Museum at Dockands)
  • And When Did you Last See Your Father? (Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool)
  • Lister's Antiseptic Spray (Royal College of Surgeons, Glasgow)

 

AB2

 


PRESS RELEASES BY DATE :



PRESS RELEASES BY:

RELATED PRESS OFFICE LINKS:

PRESS RELEASES

RELATED BBC LINKS:

RELATED WEB LINKS:


The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Category: Factual & Arts TV; BBC TWO
Date: 09.06.2006
Printable version
top^


The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites



About the BBC | Help | Terms of Use | Privacy & Cookies Policy