On Thursday 8th March 2001 Bluebird was
recovered from Coniston Water where she had lain since the 4th of January
1967. Although it is fair to say that a lot of local people did not want
the boat recovering from the lake, once it had been, most accepted it and
moved on hoping that it would be returned to Coniston some time in the
We now have framed, colour photographs
showing the recovery of Bluebird by Bill Smith and his team.
The Hero Returns On Monday 28th May 2001 it
was announced that human remains had been recovered from Coniston Water
and it was believed they were the remains of Donald Campbell. This was
confirmed in August. The funeral took place on Wednesday 12th September
in foul wet weather even by Coniston standards. A large crowd paid their
respects to one of our country's greatest heroes and most respected men.
The funeral of Donald Campbell is also
represented in framed, colour photographs.
Showing on a TV screen are colour clips of Donald and Bluebird from the
1966/67 record attempts. These clips are from the DVD "Campbell at
Coniston" by John Lomax which is on sale at reception price £15.99.
The Campbell corner
To complement the colour
pictures of recent events we have a gallery of over 20 framed B/W pictures
of Donald Campbell. These photographs really capture the many facets of
In this area we also have
cases of memorabilia and a large number of photographs relating to Sir
Malcolm and Donald as well as Bluebird K4/K7.
Black & White framed photographs
19" monitor display
Photographs on the walls work
well but unfortunately you are limited by the amount of space available!
For some time we have been thinking of a way round this. We have now
solved the problem.
A 19" wall mounted monitor
shows 136 images of Donald Campbell, Bluebird, family, and team members.
Our aim was to capture an all-round picture of Donald that is both
inspiring and poignant to both casual and dedicated Campbell followers.
We think we have succeeded in this!
A number of the images are from local people and have not been seen
The images change automatically every 4 seconds.
We have recently removed some non-connected
material from the large glass case in the Campbell corner.
This now contains amongst other things,
a pair of his light blue overalls, and the inner canvas helmet worn
by Donald Campbell during his fateful accident on 4th January 1967.
We also have his Silver Crash Helmet used during the 1966/67
attempts, which may in time be proved to have also been worn on 4th
On the 6th January 2007, following the 40th Anniversary
of Campbell's death which took place on the 4th, Bill Smith and his team
brought another part of K7 for display at the museum. This time it was
the aluminium air-intake from the Bristol-Siddeley Orpheus engine. It has
undergone extensive conservation and looks very dramatic in the Campbell
display next to the tailfin. These two significant items - substantial
remnants of a unique craft - provide tangible links to the Donald Campbell
story. The museum is proud to be able to show them, and is very grateful
to those people who have made it possible.
Come and view them first hand,
and catch a glimpse of past engineering greatness and present conservation
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