Spring 2021

Gloucestershire Heritage Hub

A History of the Dowty Group

Sir George Dowty HonFRAeS was one of the great names of twentieth century aerospace manufacturing. His post-World War I innovations led to him creating the specialist firm focusing on the landing gears that were used on Lancasters, Typhoons and Halifaxes and which bore his name.

Ally McConnell, Archivist at Gloucestershire Archives, talked about the life and work of the great man and how his company evolved during the twentieth century. She also explains how the story emerged during a project to catalogue the company’s archives and thorough a recently unearthed autobiography that was completed weeks before Dowty’s death and recently published as Sir George Dowty, In His Own Words.

Published by Hobnob Press 

Ally presented her webinar to the RAeS Gloucester & Cheltenham Branch on 19 January 2021, it was introduced by Oliver Towers FRAeS and the audio recording was edited by Eur Ing Mike Stanberry FRAeS.

  Click on image to see the webinar


For the audio recording and more information visit www.aerosociety.com/news/audio-video-a-history-of-dowty-group-by-ally-mcconnell/


EDITOR's note:   Congratulations to Ally and all the volunteers who contributed to the cataloguing of the huge Dowty archive as a major strand of the 'For the Record' transformation project.   It's great to see all these additional extra-curricular activities emerging too as a result of opening up the archive.  Well done and thanks to all concerned.


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