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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Summer jobs with Amy!

We are now recruiting two Exhibition Services Team Leaders. These two month contracts, starting 20 June, are based in our glorious Exhibition Marquee in Zebedee’s Yard, Hull City Centre. The job includes customer care of visitors to the Da Vinci Engineered exhibition, festival shop and information centre, managing volunteers and making sure the exhibits and […]

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75 second film challenge!

We are inviting film-makers and artists to create 75 second duration films for Amy Johnson’s 75th Anniversary! There will be four awards of £500 for the best films. The award winners and a selection of others will be screened during the Festival and will also be available on line. Films can be abstract, narrative, animations, […]