Collections through Cake: The Ding Propeller

Collections through Cake usually lives and is consumed at the Discovery Centre – quite rightly as there are over one million objects in store there. However, the majority of Leeds Museums & Galleries site have smaller stores, including Armley Mills. The time was ripe recently, for Collections through Cake to go on tour and so Lucy, First World War Curator, headed over there to create her current favourite industrial item from cake.

In store (but soon to be re-displayed), we have a First World War propeller with a fascinating history. This propeller was a memorial to the Leeds aviator Rowland Ding, who died in a crash at Roundhay Park in 1917 testing a new naval bomber. This one was installed as a memorial in the 1920s, but was stolen in the 1930s. In 1975 it turned up on the wall of the Nag’s Head pub on Vicar Lane and was donated to Leeds Museums

Check out the aerodynamics on that cake! Look at those slanted blades!

By First World War Projects Curator Lucy Moore

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