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Aerospace Bristol is a new industrial heritage museum and learning centre being developed at Filton, to the north of Bristol. It will tell the story of the region's world-class aerospace industry - past, present and future. The Aerospace Bristol project is being run by the Bristol Aero Collection Trust.

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Bristol Aero Collection Trust’s collection embraces objects and archives relating to the Bristol Aeroplane Company, its predecessor and successor companies (the ‘Bristol family’ of companies) and its workforce. Hear all about our news and discoveries. 

Tenth Month of the Project: Photographs!

Martha Lewington

It is now the tenth month of the project, which means there is not much time left! This post will be the second to last, and next month’s post will have guest research from volunteers who have helped with the project as a celebration of all the hard work that has been completed since last September.

All series have been catalogued except for photographs now, which means it is time to consult the negatives indexes. The archive here at Aerospace Bristol is very rich in photographic material, and that includes several indexes of negatives. Many of the photographs we hold have a negative number on the back, which links them to the negative from which they were produced and allows us to find them in the indexes. However, not every photograph has a negative number, and there are some numbers for which we do not hold the index (which can make the process of identifying the photographs quite difficult).

Below is the colour negatives index with many of the Concorde images detailed within. You can see the negative number in the left hand column, with the subject of the photograph in the next column over, then the size of the image and then finally the date.

Colour negatives index book

Colour negatives index book

Although the photographs series is proving quite tricky in places, it is still a very interesting series on which to finish the project. Where some series have proven to be heavy on paperwork and data, this series has plenty of bright and interesting photographs, which bring life to the paperwork. The subjects of the photographs range from images of the aircraft in production and site photographs, to images of passengers on board test flights and staff working on various aircraft.

Photographs in image © BAE Systems

Photographs in image © BAE Systems

Some of the highlights include photographs from the Singapore Airlines route proving flights undertaken by Concorde, and some of these will be on display at this month’s Open Afternoon.

The Open Afternoon in August will be the final one of the project and the theme will simply be ‘Highlights’, and I will be picking some of my favourite Concorde pieces that have been catalogued during this process. It will be on the 29th of August from 1:30-3:30pm, and no extra tickets are required – just the usual museum entry ticket to access the Concorde Hangar.

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