2016 is the 75th anniversary of the death of Amy Johnson, Hull’s flying heroine. Born in Hull in 1903, Amy Johnson CBE was one of the most influential and inspirational women of the twentieth century. She was the first woman to fly solo from England to Australia and set a string of other records throughout her career.

During the 1920s and 1930s aviation was dominated by the rich and famous and most female pilots were titled women such as Lady Heath, the Duchess of Bedford and Lady Bailey. But Amy was the first woman to gain a ground engineer’s “C” licence and, whilst working as a secretary, she took flying lessons. In 1929 she was awarded her pilot’s licence and just a year later set of solo for Australia!

Amy Johnson Festival will mark this anniversary and celebrate Amy’s life, achievements and legacy with an ambitious international programme of the arts and engineering sciences appealing to all interests and ages.

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EYMS Shuttlebus Service

  The lovely people at EYMS are providing a free shuttlebus service to the Far Horizons International Kite Weekend this Saturday only – full details and timetable here. Now there’s no excuse not to come along! Also it’s worth noting that we’ll be unable to take card payments at the Racecourse over the weekend – so […]


Amy Johnson: A Life in Pictures

We’re so excited to launch this culmination of months and month of hard work. Amy Johnson – A Life in Pictures gathers together almost 200 photographs of Amy taken throughout her life, providing a rich, direct, visual insight into her remarkable story. The photos have been drawn from a wide range of sources, private and public, […]


‘Kites, music, theatre, launches, moths…

……what more can Amy Johnson Festival throw at me?!’ In this new series of weekly blogs, the team behind Amy Johnson Festival – volunteers, programming leads, artists, copy editors, project managers, contractors – reveal what it’s like working on the festival and what inspires them about the themes running through it. For our first week, […]