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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

Grade-II listed hangar to be restored and aircraft conservation works to go on show, as Aerospace Bristol receives £0.5m from Biffa Award

Martha Lewington

Thanks to a Biffa Award grant of £547,277, Aerospace Bristol will restore a 103-year-old hangar, making it publicly accessible for the first time. Visitors will witness ‘Conservation in Action’ as volunteers undertake important aerospace conservation and restoration projects.


Visitors to Aerospace Bristol will soon be able to enjoy live conservation work taking place on historic Bristol aircraft such as the Bristol Freighter, Fighter, and Bolingbroke. ‘Hangar 16M’, a 103-year-old grade-II listed building on the historic Filton Airfield, is to be restored and repurposed as a Conservation in Action workshop.

Restoration of the hangar – which, until recently, was home to the GWAAC air ambulance helicopter - has been made possible by Biffa Award: a multi-million pound fund that helps to build communities and transform lives through awarding grants to communities and environmental projects across the UK.

Lloyd Burnell, Executive Director of Aerospace Bristol, said:

“This fantastic grant from Biffa Award has given us the opportunity to repurpose the building to become an exciting new part of the visitor experience, engaging visitors with engineering marvels from our aerospace heritage, offering exciting hands-on learning opportunities and stories to inspire future generations. Most museum conservation work is undertaken behind ‘closed doors’, unseen by the public. But as a result of bringing conservation into public view, visitors will not only learn more about the Aerospace Bristol story, but also how vital heritage skills are saving the nation’s past.”

Aircraft and engine restoration works will be undertaken by volunteers, who have already played a pivotal role in making Aerospace Bristol a reality. Over 150 former engineers and community volunteers spent thousands of hours restoring objects that are now on display at Aerospace Bristol, which opened to the public in October 2017. The new facility and Conservation in Action project will allow many of these volunteers, and new members of the volunteer team, to put their skills to good use and share their knowledge with a new generation of engineers and innovators.

Jess Stone, Aerospace Bristol volunteer and Airbus Undergraduate Engineering Apprentice, said:

“It’s really exciting that a new generation will be able to get involved in exciting engineering projects and gain hands-on experience working with aircraft and engines. This is an amazing opportunity for young people to learn from the older generation, who have so much experience and knowledge of Bristol aircraft.”

Maurice Thompson, Air Cadet Squadron Leader, Bristol & Gloucestershire Wing, said:

“It’s absolutely fantastic that Cadets will soon have the opportunity to see aircraft being worked on in a stunning historic hangar. I can’t wait to visit, as I know they’ll be excited and inspired to learn more about the workings and mechanics of aircraft.”

Gillian French, Biffa Award Head of Grants, said:

“It’s fantastic to see this iconic building being given a new lease of life. We are thrilled to support this project that will allow people to witness, and take part in, real life conservation work.”

Restoration work on the hangar is set to begin early in 2019, to be completed in Autumn 2019.

Aerospace Bristol welcomes its 150,000th visitor

Martha Lewington

On 23rd August 2018, Aerospace Bristol was thrilled to welcome the Gascoigne family as the 150,000th visitors to the museum since opening on 17th October 2017.

The museum has enjoyed a fantastic first year so far, achieving incredible visitor feedback across TripAdvisor, Google Reviews and Facebook.

As well as a new outdoor play and seating area recently installed, Aerospace Bristol will continue to develop and add more to the exhibition as the museum grows, with tickets valid for free returns for 12 months from when they are first used.

Next year marks the 50th anniversary of Concorde's first flight and preparations are underway to make 2019 supersonic!

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The Gascoigne family celebrate being Aerospace Bristol 150,000th visitors

The Gascoigne family celebrate being Aerospace Bristol 150,000th visitors

Aerospace Bristol help kids to 'blast off' at The Greenway Centre

Martha Lewington

Aerospace Bristol was pleased to take part in the Invention Sessions at The Greenway Centre to help inspire our next generation of budding pilots, astronauts and engineers.

Children of all ages took part in STEM activities with members of Aerospace Bristol's Learning team including building and launch paper rockets.

Ella Kratz, Learning Officer at Aerospace Bristol, said:

“It was great to see so many children enjoying STEM activities by designing and testing their very own rockets.  We hope it inspires them to pursue careers in science and technology, and we were delighted to be involved and support this local event.”

Aerospace Bristol at The Greenway Centre
Aerospace Bristol at The Greenway Centre
Aerospace Bristol at The Greenway Centre