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Interwar Collection

"Journeying back in time to the interwar era, we witness a fascinating period of history filled with remarkable achievements and leisurely pursuits

Background imageInterwar Collection: HMS Repulse leaving Malta, 1937

HMS Repulse leaving Malta, 1937, with the Rollicker Class tug HMS Roysterer in the foreground

Background imageInterwar Collection: Supermarine Spitfire I

Supermarine Spitfire I aircraft of 65 Squadron RAF, Hornchurch, 1939

Background imageInterwar Collection: HMS Ajax, 1936

HMS Ajax, 1936
Leander Class Cruiser HMS Ajax at Alexandria, 1936

Background imageInterwar Collection: Fairey Swordfish I

Fairey Swordfish I of 820 Squadron over HMS Ark Royal, 1939

Background imageInterwar Collection: HMS Repulse

HMS Repulse
Renown Class battleship HMS Repulse

Background imageInterwar Collection: Vosper motor torpedo boat, Portsmouth 1939

Vosper motor torpedo boat, Portsmouth 1939
Vosper 70 MTB 22 type at speed

Background imageInterwar Collection: HMS Nelson

HMS Nelson
Nelson Class Battleship HMS Nelson

Background imageInterwar Collection: Amy Johnson with her De Havilland Gipsy Moth Jason

Amy Johnson with her De Havilland Gipsy Moth Jason
Amy Johnson in Australia, 1930. She was one of the first women pilots to make headline news and held many records

Background imageInterwar Collection: Summer Comes Soonest In The South

Summer Comes Soonest In The South
The famous photograph of a little boy talking to the locomotive crew, Waterloo Station 1923, used in Southern Railway's advertising campaign

Background imageInterwar Collection: Vickers Valentia of 216 Sqn RAF

Vickers Valentia of 216 Sqn RAF
Vickers Valentia of 216 Squadron in flight over the Pyramids at Giza, 1936

Background imageInterwar Collection: Supermarine Spitfire I

Supermarine Spitfire I (K9787) in flight from Eastleigh, 1938

Background imageInterwar Collection: Racing Yachts

Racing Yachts
J Class yacht Shamrock V leads Britannia and Velsheda, Cowes Regatta 1933

Background imageInterwar Collection: Fury I aircraft of 1 Squadron

Fury I aircraft of 1 Squadron
Hawker Fury I aircraft of 1 Squadron RAF rehearsing for a display at Zurich, 1937

Background imageInterwar Collection: Airspeed Oxford

Airspeed Oxford prototype in flight, RAF Display, Hendon, 1937

Background imageInterwar Collection: HMS Devonshire, 1936

HMS Devonshire, 1936
County Class Cruiser HMS Devonshire in the Mediterranean, 1936

Background imageInterwar Collection: Wellington I aircraft of 9 Squadron

Wellington I aircraft of 9 Squadron
Vickers Wellington I aircraft (L4288 KA-ZA, L4320 KA-B, and others) of 9 Squadron RAF in flight, Stradishall, 1939

Background imageInterwar Collection: Hawker Hurricane I aircraft of 111 Sqn RAF

Hawker Hurricane I aircraft of 111 Sqn RAF
Hawker Hurricane I aircraft of 111 Squadron, 1938

Background imageInterwar Collection: HMS Egret

HMS Egret
Egret Class sloop HMS Egret

Background imageInterwar Collection: HMS Valiant, March 1931

HMS Valiant, March 1931
Queen Elizabeth Class battleship HMS Valiant at Gibraltar, March 1931, with Fairey IIIF on stern catapult

Background imageInterwar Collection: HMS Glorious, 1936

HMS Glorious, 1936
HMS Glorious in the Mediterranean, with Fairey IIIF aircraft on deck, 1936

Background imageInterwar Collection: Cars and motorcycles arriving on board the ferry at Fishbourne, 1932

Cars and motorcycles arriving on board the ferry at Fishbourne, 1932
Vehicles boarding the Southern Railway ferry at Fisbourne for the crossing from the Isle of Wight back to Portsmouth

Background imageInterwar Collection: Hop picking in Kent

Hop picking in Kent
Families working together to pick hops in the Kent countryside

Background imageInterwar Collection: Hawker Fury

Hawker Fury I aircraft of 1 Squadron, RAF Tangmere 1937

Background imageInterwar Collection: Tiger Moth I aircraft of the Central Flying School

Tiger Moth I aircraft of the Central Flying School
De Havilland Tiger Moth I aircraft of the CFS rehearsing for RAF Display at Wittering, 13 June 1932

Background imageInterwar Collection: HMS Barham, 1937

HMS Barham, 1937
Queen Elizabeth Class battleship HMS Barham under way

Background imageInterwar Collection: Supermarine S. 5

Supermarine S. 5
R J Mitchell designed the Supermarine S.5 Seaplane which won the 1927 Schneider Trophy

Background imageInterwar Collection: Gloster Gladiator I

Gloster Gladiator I aircraft of 605 Squadron RAF, Manston, 14 August 1939

Background imageInterwar Collection: Fairey Battle I

Fairey Battle I of 63 Squadron RAF, Upwood, 1938

Background imageInterwar Collection: The Mosta Dome, Malta 1935

The Mosta Dome, Malta 1935
Aerial view of the Rotunda of St Marija Assunta, Mosta, Malta, 1935

Background imageInterwar Collection: Westland Lysander

Westland Lysander I (L4723) of 208 Squadron Royal Air Force picking up a message, Heliopolis, 1939

Background imageInterwar Collection: Hawker Hart of 6 Sqn RAF

Hawker Hart of 6 Sqn RAF
Hawker Hart of 6 Squadron flying over Bethlehem, 1936

Background imageInterwar Collection: Handley Page Heyford IA of 10 Sqn

Handley Page Heyford IA of 10 Sqn
Handley Page Heyford IA of 10 Squadron flying from RAF Catfoss, 1935

Background imageInterwar Collection: Seaplane Tender

Seaplane Tender
37.5 Seaplane Tender Mk.I (229) of the Royal Air Force, Gosport 1938

Background imageInterwar Collection: Supermarine Southampton II

Supermarine Southampton II aircraft of 201 Squadron, RAF, over the Isle of Wight, 1930

Background imageInterwar Collection: Short C-Class flying boat VH-ABD of Qantas

Short C-Class flying boat VH-ABD of Qantas
Short S.23 C-Class (VH-ABD " CORIO" ) of Qantas Empire Airways, in flight, Basrah, 1939

Background imageInterwar Collection: Supermarine Spitfire prototype K5054

Supermarine Spitfire prototype K5054
Joseph " Mutt" Summers at the controls of the Supermarine Spitfire prototype K5054, 1936

Background imageInterwar Collection: Armstrong Whitworth Whitley

Armstrong Whitworth Whitley in flight, 1937

Background imageInterwar Collection: Hawker Osprey III of 447 Flt Fa

Hawker Osprey III of 447 Flt Fa
Hawker Osprey III (K3642 067) of 447 Flight in flight over Alexandria harbour, 1936

Background imageInterwar Collection: HMS Gallant and HMS Sussex, Gibraltar 1938

HMS Gallant and HMS Sussex, Gibraltar 1938
G Class destroyer HMS Gallant alongside County Class cruiser HMS Sussex

Background imageInterwar Collection: Bricklayers Arms Goods Station, 5 January 1932

Bricklayers Arms Goods Station, 5 January 1932
Construction work under way at the new Bricklayers Arms Goods Station

Background imageInterwar Collection: Henri Mignet

Henri Mignet
Monsieur Henri Mignet with his glider, the Mignet HM.5, while launching, 1923

Background imageInterwar Collection: The Dawn Patrol

The Dawn Patrol
Hawker Fury aircraft over Southend. This photograph is in the style of Alfred Buckham

Background imageInterwar Collection: Fokker Trimotor Southern Cross of Charles Kingsford-Smith

Fokker Trimotor Southern Cross of Charles Kingsford-Smith
Anthony Fokker designed the Trimotor used by Charles Kingsford-Smith to break records

Background imageInterwar Collection: De Havilland Gipsy Moth of Jean Batten

De Havilland Gipsy Moth of Jean Batten
Jean Batten had a short but spectacular career between 1934 and 1937, becoming the first person to hold the record for solo flights between Australia and England in both directions

Background imageInterwar Collection: Mignet HM. 5 glider

Mignet HM. 5 glider
Monsieur Henri Mignet with his Mignet HM.5 glider, Vauville 1923

Background imageInterwar Collection: Rolls Royce armoured cars

Rolls Royce armoured cars
Fairey Gordon (K2636) of 6 Squadron flying over a convoy of Royal Air Force armoured cars near the Jordan Valley, 1936

Background imageInterwar Collection: Parnall Peto on HMS M2

Parnall Peto on HMS M2
Preparing to launch a Parnall Peto from submarine HMS M2

Background imageInterwar Collection: Short C-Class flying boat G-AEUF at Marseilles, 1939

Short C-Class flying boat G-AEUF at Marseilles, 1939
Passengers boarding Short S.23 C-Class (G-AEUF " CORINTHIAN" ) of Imperial Airways at Marseilles, 1939



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"Journeying back in time to the interwar era, we witness a fascinating period of history filled with remarkable achievements and leisurely pursuits. In 1936, the mighty HMS Ajax sets sail, symbolizing Britain's naval power amidst a changing world. The skies come alive with the iconic Supermarine Spitfire I soaring through the air, showcasing cutting-edge aviation technology. Meanwhile, racing yachts gracefully glide across shimmering waters as enthusiasts embrace the thrill of competition. The majestic HMS Repulse takes center stage as a formidable battleship ready to defend national interests. Innovation continues with the Fairey Swordfish I and Vickers Valentia aircrafts of 216 Sqn RAF, pushing boundaries in aerial warfare capabilities. As summer approaches, "Summer Comes Soonest In The South, " inviting people to bask in warm sunshine and enjoy leisurely activities like hop picking in Kent. The maritime scene thrives as HMS Devonshire and HMS Glorious proudly display their might on international waters. A sense of unity prevails as communities gather for hop picking festivities while others marvel at Wellington I aircrafts from 9 Squadron and Hawker Hurricane I aircrafts from 111 Sqn RAF taking flight. The interwar period stands as a testament to human resilience and progress amid uncertain times, and is an era where technological advancements intertwine with moments of relaxation and joyous celebrations – truly capturing the essence of this transformative chapter.