An Amazing Visit To Abbeydale
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It Came From Outer Space... to Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet!
Last year we were very excited to uncover a more or less forgotten story from Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet’s history! Thanks to a casual remark by a visitor, followed up with with good old-fashioned research, we found out that in October 1971 the Command Module of the Apollo 10 space mission had visited Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet. The visit was part of a Europe-wide tour and attracted thousands of visitors to the Hamlet!
We now have a small display, launched at our Christmas event in the Learning Centre about the visit and the Apollo 10 mission, with a wonderful photo of the Command Module on site at the Industrial Hamlet!
Apollo 10, which flew in May 1969, was a very significant part of the U.S. space programme, as it was the “dress rehearsal” for the moon landing in July of the same year.
Amongst our exciting discoveries was the fact that Britain’s first astronaut, Sheffield-born Helen Sharman was an 8-year old visitor to the “space module” when it was at Abbeydale! Helen has very kindly shared the story with us for the display.
Come and have a look – and take one of our lovely postcards, with which we’re encouraging visitors to share stories of other interesting times at Abbeydale over our soon-to-be 46 years as a museum!