MOE: So who is Amy Johnson?
We had a thought provoking mantle session to get started with our research into Amy Johnson. Tim Taylor and Iona Towler Evans (Mantle of the Expert - experts) joined us.
We learnt that Amy had grown up during Worlds War I, so that by the 1920s as an adult, she and other women like her, had new sense of freedom. She had studied at Sheffield university, but wanted a faster paced and more exciting life and moved to London to find it.
A trip to the aerodrome hooked her into flying. She paid for flying lessons, and also studied engineering, so that she could maintain and repair her own plane.
Lots of women in the 1920s liked to dress up and dance - they were called 'Flappers'. Amy Johnson chose to fly aeroplanes. She wanted to show that women could have the same interests and jobs as men. She was such an important woman in British history, that a life sized, bronze statue was placed of her on Herne Bay promenade.
Our commission is to find out what she did that was so important. Why did the newspapers call her 'Queen of the Air' and a 'British Record-Breaking Aviatrix'?
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