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New book and exhibitions tell the story of Amy Johnson in pictures

New book and exhibitions tell the story of Amy Johnson in pictures

Pic from the book shows Amy working on a Gipsy Moth in 1929.

THE story of Amy Johnson has been given a new dimension with the publication of a collection of archive photographs of Hull’s high-flying heroine.

Amy Johnson ­– A Life in Pictures was unveiled at a VIP launch at Hull History Centre with a second event being held at Artlink in Hull.

Those events will trigger a series of exhibitions at five venues around the city, giving a wider audience the opportunity to view the images which have been sourced from Amy’s family and various media organisations.

The book has been published by local historian Paul Gibson in association with the Amy Johnson Festival. It displays almost 200 photographs of Amy with detailed captions written by Rick Welton, the Director of the Festival, and an introduction by David Marchant, Museum Registrar for East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

Among some of the more familiar images of Amy with assorted aeroplanes are shots of her as a child, as a student, on holiday and motor rallying.

Rick said: “Amy’s story has been told many times in words, but now these contemporary photographs provide a rich, direct, visual insight into Amy’s remarkable story.

“The photos have been drawn from a wide range of sources, private and public, from the family archives to museum collections. Many of these photographs have not been seen before.”

The exhibitions are being staged until Saturday September 3 at Hull History Centre, the Western Library in The Boulevard, Freedom Centre on Preston Road, Artlink in Princes Avenue and the Brynmor Jones Library at the University of Hull.

Opening times and days vary for each venue. For full details of the exhibition and the book please visit



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