Our vision is to create a major aviation heritage museum and learning centre that inspires and entertains today's and future generations, through the presentation of the stories and achievements of the Bristol region's world-class aerospace industry - past, present and future.
It is estimated that the Bristol Aerospace Centre will cost £13 million to complete, funded through financial support from corporate partners and the Heritage Lottery Fund. The remainder will be raised from private donations and other charitable sources.
Substantial pledges have already been received from BAE Systems (who have also donated the site), Rolls-Royce and Airbus, with others in the pipeline. The Heritage Lottery Fund awarded a £4.4 million first round pass in May 2013, meaning that the outline proposals have been endorsed by the HLF
The site includes two Grade-II listed hangars that date from the First World War. These buildings are among the best preserved examples of their type in the UK, and will be fully refurbished before exhibits can be moved in. In addition, a modern building will be erected on the site to house the Bristol Concorde, Alpha Foxtrot, which has been preserved at Filton since it made the last Concorde flight in 2003.
The Centre forms an integral part of the redevelopment of the former airfield site into a 50-hectare Enterprise Area.
The Bristol Aerospace Centre will tell the story of the aerospace industry in the region, which started in 1910 in two sheds at the top of Filton Hill. The business started only sixteen months after the first powered flight in Britain, and was the first aeroplane factory to be set up on a commercial basis in the UK. It rapidly expanded during the First World War, and was the largest aircraft and aero-engine factory in the world by the start of the Second. The business has expanded into missiles, spacecraft, cars, plastics and many other areas, which will all be covered by the museum.
Today, the South West of England is home to 75% of the UK's Aerospace Industry, and Filton is at the heart.