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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

Gromit Unleashed 2 in world-first: interactive sculptures unveiled for the first time ever

Martha Lewington

Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Appeal, the Bristol Children’s Hospital charity, has unveiled the ground-breaking interactive sculptures featuring in its upcoming charity sculpture trail, Gromit Unleashed 2.

In a first for sculpture trails around the world, three of Bristol’s world-leaders in engineering – Renishaw, Rolls-Royce and the University of Bristol – have harnessed pioneering technology to create trailblazing, interactive sculptures which showcase Bristol’s diverse creative and tech industries, and Gromjet - a high-flying Gromit created by Rolls-Royce plc - will be on display free to visit at Aerospace Bristol.

Gromjet

Gromjet – Rolls-Royce
Recognising the importance of engineering and aviation in Bristol’s past, present and future is Gromjet, the high-flying Gromit brought to life by industrial technology company Rolls-Royce.  
Using the same technology reserved for its Pegasus engine on the Harrier and the LiftSystemTM on the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter, the engineering team behind Gromit also equipped him with hybrid-electric engines which take him to new heights – literally! Rising up to one metre, Gromjet is the result of advanced processes and technologies such as 3D scanning and 3D printing.

Paul Craig, Defence Services President at Rolls-Royce: “When the opportunity to be a Trailblazer for Gromit Unleashed 2 was offered to us, we jumped at the chance to be involved - developing our own, very special design. To continue to support The Grand Appeal and be part of this now world-famous arts trail is a unique opportunity for us to showcase our capabilities as a leading industrial technology company and more importantly, to raise money for the world-class hospital we have on our doorstep.” 

Gromjet
Gromjet

Nicola Masters, Director of The Grand Appeal: “Watching Gromitronic, Gromjet and A Grand Gromplication slowly come to life over the last six months has been the most exciting wait of our lives! We are absolutely delighted with the incredible results and are so grateful to every single person involved for helping us take Gromit Unleashed 2 into totally new territory.

“To quote a certain inventor, "We've tested this on Gromit - haven't we lad?".”

As well as commissioning the unique Trailblazer sculptures, The Grand Appeal has also partnered with global payments technology company Creditcall, the final Trailblazer, to provide contactless payment technology and help drive fundraising for Bristol Children’s Hospital during the trail.  

Make a day of it and enjoy the museum after getting your Gromjet selfie, it’s going to be a cracking summer!

Inspiring the next generation: RAF science challenge for Bristol schools

Martha Lewington

Over 300 school children have taken part in a Royal Air Force event to encourage interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) today (Tuesday 22 May).

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Students from schools in Bristol and surrounding areas took part in a range of activities including coding and building rocket cars. The event was held at Aerospace Bristol on the historic Filton Airfield with many of the STEM challenges themselves located underneath the wings of the Concorde. The aerospace museum is also home to the Sea Harrier which last year was successfully airlifted to its new home by an RAF Chinook. 

The students were guided by the RAF Youth and STEM Team and their partners from Hands on Science. The students were also assisted by local RAF Engineers from Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) based at MOD Abbey Wood.  

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The event was part of the RAF’s national youth engagement programme which has been expanded for the Air Force’s 100th year and is expected to reach up to 2 million students aged between 9-15 years old. The aim of the programme is to build interest in STEM careers and inspire a new generation to help write the next chapters in the RAF’s story. 

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Amber Nyakunu, 11, from Holy Cross Primary School in Bedminster, said: 

“My favourite activity was programming the robot. We had to use teamwork to complete the challenge and get the job done. After today, I would say I’m much more interested in science and engineering.”

Air Marshal Julian Young, Chief of Material (Air) at DE&S and the Defence Engineering Champion, said: 

“In 2018, both the year of the RAF’s Centenary and the Year of Engineering, DE&S is proud to join with our RAF colleagues to encourage our local young people from Bristol to take an interest in the exciting and rewarding field of Engineering.  Through Engineering you can shape the future of the world we live in: my hero Brunel demonstrated this some 160 years ago, and the Concorde at Aerospace Bristol is a fantastic more recent example.  

“Creative thinking and problem solving in technical matters are key to our country’s future, and as a responsible employer we have a duty to help address the skills shortfall in engineering across the UK.”

Amy Seadon, Learning & Community Engagement Manager at Aerospace Bristol, said:

“It was fantastic to see so many children taking part in hands-on STEM activities alongside Aerospace Bristol’s real-world examples of aerospace engineering. Through our exhibition and National Curriculum-linked learning programme, the museum aims to inspire young people to pursue careers in science and technology and we were delighted to work with the RAF and Bristol schools on this special event.” 

BBC One's Antiques Roadshow comes to Aerospace Bristol

Martha Lewington

Last Thursday (17th May) BBC One's Antiques Roadshow headed to Filton to record shows for their new series, all alongside and under the wings of Concorde Alpha Foxtrot.

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The event attracted over 2,000 visitors to the museum, all with their family treasures ready to have them inspected by Fiona Bruce and the team of Antiques Roadshow experts.

Engineer Officer Trevor Norcott, Captain Colin Morris and Captain Les Brodie - the very last captain to fly Concorde Alpha Foxtrot, came to the museum along with Sir George White to share their memories and partake in this special day.

 The event attracted over 2,000 visitors to the museum

The event attracted over 2,000 visitors to the museum

 Engineer Officer Trevor Norcott and Captain Les Brodie

Engineer Officer Trevor Norcott and Captain Les Brodie

 Sir George White talks to BBC's One Fiona Bruce

Sir George White talks to BBC's One Fiona Bruce


 Tea Time Tales with Henry Sandon

Tea Time Tales with Henry Sandon

 Captain Colin Morris

Captain Colin Morris

 Fiona Bruce and Marc Alum

Fiona Bruce and Marc Alum