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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.

Aerospace Bristol News

Aerospace Bristol wants your memories of Concorde

Martha Lewington

The first 250 people to share their story and give a donation to the museum were invited to a Red Arrows flypast with a sneak preview of Concorde.

Do you remember exactly where you were on 26th November 2003 when Concorde graced the skies for the final time? Were you at the Clifton Suspension Bridge as our most famous and iconic aircraft soared over head? Did you see her touch down for the last time on that damp Wednesday afternoon at Filton?

Perhaps you have earlier memories of Concorde. Do you remember the very first flight? Were you or one of your relatives among the engineers who played a role in creating the iconic supersonic jet? Did you fly from London to New York for a breakfast meeting? Or enjoy a supersonic tour of the Bay of Biscay?

Aerospace Bristol has created an online ‘Concorde Memory Map’ where you can browse a treasure trove of Concorde anecdotes and add your stories for others to enjoy. Your memories will also be added to the new museum’s digital archive – ensuring that they are preserved, ready to inspire the next generation of engineers.

To celebrate the launch of the Concorde memory map, the new home of the last Concorde ever to fly invited the first 250 people to share their story and give a donation to a special preview event on the afternoon of Wednesday 16th August 2017. Those 250 supporters were invited into Aerospace Bristol and took part in a Red Arrows photo shoot, standing in the iconic shape of Concorde as the Red Arrows flew overhead and captured images from the air. Guests were then invited into the museum’s new Concorde hangar to enjoy an exclusive sneak preview of Concorde ahead of the museum opening later this year.

Iain Gray, Chairman of Aerospace Bristol, said: “Aerospace Bristol will celebrate the innovation and endeavor of those generations who went before us and inspire young people to consider careers in science and technology. We are asking everyone who has a Concorde story, and shares our aim of keeping the spirit of Concorde alive, to please share their story with us and support us with a kind donation. Your contribution truly will make a difference.”

To share your Concorde memories, visit www.aerospacebristol.org/concorde-stories and give a donation that will help keep the memory of Concorde alive.

 
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HRH The Princess Royal attends inaugural dinner underneath the wings of Concorde

Martha Lewington

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, as Patron of Aerospace Bristol, was the guest of honour at a celebratory dinner. The Princess formally opened the Concorde Hangar in front of a distinguished audience of invited guests ahead of the museum’s opening to the public later this year

The gala dinner marks an important milestone for Aerospace Bristol, as the new home of Concorde is now formally open for corporate and private events, award ceremonies, exhibitions, and as a very special wedding setting. 

Professor Iain Gray CBE, Chairman of Aerospace Bristol, said “I am most grateful to Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, Patron of Aerospace Bristol, for so kindly accepting our invitation to join us for the inaugural dinner under the wings of Concorde. I understand The Princess has an interest in science, technology and engineering and these subjects are at the heart of Aerospace Bristol. When the museum opens to the public later this year, our exhibition, archives and learning programmes will encourage young people to join our great industry, as the school children of today become the engineers of tomorrow.” 

During her visit, Her Royal Highness toured the site and met with many of the supporters and volunteers who have played an important role in making the new museum possible. Aerospace Bristol volunteers have contributed the remarkable sum of more than £1m worth of their time to the project and were recently honoured with the highest award for UK volunteer groups: The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. The Award was presented by The Princess Royal to Mr. Oliver Dearden and Mr. Kenneth Ricketts who represented the 150 volunteers involved.

The new museum has been created from the ground up with the help of supporters who have contributed an amazing £17m to date.  With £2m left to raise in order to see the £19m project through to completion, Aerospace Bristol is appealing for further support to bridge the significant funding shortfall and help achieve its goals of preserving and restoring Bristol’s aviation heritage and inspiring the next generation of engineers. Opportunities include joining the ‘Concorde Club’ by sponsoring a seat on the iconic supersonic jet, sponsoring a seat in the museum’s lecture theatre, sharing your Concorde story via a soon-to-be-launched online map, or kindly giving a donation via aerospacebristol.org. 

Starting in the earliest days of powered flight, Aerospace Bristol will take visitors on an immersive journey through more than a century of incredible aviation achievements and fascinating tales of human endeavor. The stunning centerpiece will be Concorde Alpha Foxtrot, designed, built and tested in Bristol, she was the last Concorde to be built and the last to fly. 

Aerospace Bristol launches International Women in Engineering Day appeal

Martha Lewington

It’s International Women in Engineering Day and we would like your help to inspire the next generation of female engineers. Any donation you give to Aerospace Bristol today is kindly matched by one of our generous supporters. That means a donation of £10 today is worth £20 to help to fit out our Making Studio with the vital equipment we need to run inspirational learning workshops for school children. Please show your support now with a donation

Aerospace Bristol volunteer, Jess Stone

Aerospace Bristol volunteer, Jess Stone

All International Women in Engineering Day 2017 pledges will be matched up to a total of £10,000 - a fantastic target! Please donate now.