A talk by leading local aviation historian Guy Warner about Lilian Bland. Hear more about this remarkable woman who, between 1909 and 1911, carried out aviation experiments in Carnmoney with the result that she was the first woman in the world to design, build and fly her own aeroplane.
Her father had brought the family back to Co. Antrim in 1900. Inspired by the sight of seabirds flying on the Scottish coast and by the daring exploits of the first airmen, Lilian constructed her aeroplane in the workshop and stables at Tobarcooran House. In February 1910, Lilian first flew her aeroplane as a glider on the slopes of Carnmoney Hill. Her flying field was also home to a bull and as Lilian later wrote, “If it gets annoyed and charges, I shall have every inducement to fly!”.
February 2018 is the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act which marks the first milestone in the journey of women’s suffrage, the right to vote in political elections.
To mark the year National Museums NI will be highlighting the women in our collections through exhibitions and events.