Zeppelins over Essex

I’ve just found a  BBC documentary from 1972, “Zeppelins over East Anglia” which can be seen on the East Anglian Film Archive’s website. Although much of it is focused on Norfolk, there is a wonderful description of the Zeppelin shot down over Wigborough.

Zeppelins over East Anglia, a BBC documentary from 1972

Zeppelins over East Anglia, a BBC documentary from 1972

The film tells of the crash of the airship LZ33 between Peldon and Wigborough in Essex, after attack from Fighter Pilot Brandon. The commander Captain Leutnant Bercker, brought the airship down into a field and then tried to warn the inhabitants of a nearby cottage that he was going to set fire to the ship. He received no replay, but did just that. The crew made off on foot. They encountered Special constable Edgar Nichols, who arrested them. James Rout, who lived in another cottage nearby, recalls the Zeppelin crashing. He shows a piece of the Zeppelin to the camera and recalls that a baby girl was born that night and named Zeppelina!

Watch the film from 18min 30 seconds to see the excerpt about Essex.

I hope you enjoy it.

Sarah

Researching the Great War

On Wednesday 20th November 2013 we held our training and networking event, Researching the Great War, for the project volunteers, partner museums and any other interested parties, at Essex Record Office. 

Networking over lunch

Networking over lunch

The course was organised by Sarah Girling and Tony Morrison, through Share Museums East.

Share Museums East

The day included a wide variety of speakers from across Essex and some of their presentations can be seen here, including:

*NB Please do not circulate this presentation more widely than within your organisations. The longer it is since the meeting, the more the information might become out of date and we would not want inaccurate information from IWM to be made public. Many thanks. Josie Gale.

Ian Hook, curator of the Essex Regiment museum

Ian Hook, curator of the Essex Regiment museum

The lecture theatre was a great venue at the Essex Record Office.

The lecture theatre was a great venue at the Essex Record Office.