Archives & Collections
The Aerospace Bristol collection embraces objects and archives relating to the Bristol Aeroplane Company, its predecessor and successor companies (the ‘Bristol family’ of companies) and its workforce.
our archives and collections
In addition to the material on display Aerospace Bristol houses a reserve object collection and the substantial company archive which dates from 1910.
The collections include objects and archives relating to the Bristol Aeroplane Company, its predecessors and its successor companies (including the British and Colonial Aeroplane Company, Bristol Aeroplane Company and British Aircraft Corporation. These are often referred to as the “Bristol family” of companies).
The collections include working objects, aircraft and other transport vehicles, development materials, personal items, uniforms, minute books, account books, sales ledgers, annual reports, photographs, glass plate negatives, drawings, film and ephemera. There are also books and journals supporting the collection.
Many of our catalogue descriptions are available to search on The National Archives Discovery catalogue and more will be added as cataloguing progresses.
Accessing the archive and collections
In 2019 we will be beginning a Collections Review of our reserve collections and during this time we are unable to provide access to reserve objects.
The archives are open for research purposes, by appointment only. To celebrate Concorde50 we are carrying out an exciting project ‘Out of the Aircraft Hold: The History of Bristol’s Aerospace Companies’. During this project we are only able to provide access to material relating to Concorde and supersonic flight.
Please note that staff records aren’t part of the company archive. If you’re trying to trace a relative we’d suggest the Local Studies department at your library as the best place to start.
The engine side of the story of the Bristol family of companies is with The Rolls-Royce Heritage Trust Bristol Branch and is available by appointment.
The Sir George White papers are held by Bristol Archives.
Follow our Project Archivist’s blog to keep up with the exciting discoveries made during ‘Out of the Aircraft Hold’. Find out more >
We collect items in line with our Collections Development policy, which you can view here. If you have items you are considering donating to us please contact us using the enquiry form below, as are we unable to accept donations arrangement.
enquiries, visits and donations
If you would like to make an enquiry, arrange a research visit or offer items to the museum, please complete the form below in as much detail as possible.