Hull celebrates the life and achievements of the inspirational Amy Johnson, aviator, engineer, and service woman with the Amy Johnson Festival, running from 1 July until 6 September 2016.
Back in March we posted a blog for Women’s History Month exploring the various ways in which the life of Amy Johnson has been remembered both in her home city of Hull and in the wider world.
Remembrance and memorialisation of Amy Johnson is taking a new direction in 2016. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the death of Amy Johnson and the City of Hull will be celebrating her life and achievements with a festival as ambitious as the woman herself, which will create new and lasting memories in the City of Culture.
The festival will launch on the 1st of July, Amy Johnson’s birthday, with “A Moth for Amy”. A series of moth-shaped sculptures which will form a path through the city, with installations further afield including the Science Museum in London, where Amy Johnson’s Gipsy Moth is on permanent display, and Herne Bay, where there is a permanent memorial in her honour.
Throughout the months of July and August Hull and the surrounding region will host a suite of events ranging from public talks to theatrical and musical performances, to poetry, and, as might be expected, aviation displays.
The full programme of events caters to all ages and interests, offering opportunities for all members of the community to engage with the legacy of the life, and achievements of Amy Johnson.