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Patchway, BS34

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.

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Aerospace Bristol will feature fully equipped learning spaces with specialist facilities for school and youth groups. We have worked with our partners from the aerospace industry to develop an inspiring and practical learning programme for schools which will not only allow visitors to explore our amazing local history story but develop STEM skills and discover the possibilities of a career in engineering.

Thank you so much for coming to visit us. The pupils learned a lot and really enjoyed making gliders and we can’t wait to see you at the new museum next year
— Year 3 Teacher

Here is just a taster of the Aerospace Bristol learning programme.

Year 1 – 2 - Filton’s Aero Heroes – In this fun and hands on activity session we blend history, storytelling and STEM learning. Pupils discover the history of flight and design and test their own paper aeroplane.

Year 3-6 – Blast off Rockets - Did you know Filton did not just design aeroplanes? In this practical STEM activity session pupils design and test their own rockets just like the engineers of Filton’s Dynamics and Space Division. They explore the physics of rocketry and discover just why sometimes rockets are better than aircraft.  

Year 7- 9 –Flying High – In this activity session pupils discover the principles of flight and design their own glider.


I was amazed at the diversity of engineering that has taken place in Bristol. I grew up in Bristol and as far as I was aware the only engineering was planes and their engines. How could I have gone through Primary, Secondary and Higher education and an A-level in Bristol and not known the extent of engineering heritage we have?... The museum is an opportunity to make sure the generation I teach and future generations know the heritage we have, both locally and with links abroad
— Year 4 Teacher

In the run up to Aerospace Bristol opening later this year, we are offering a limited number of outreach sessions for schools in our local area. Tailored to your needs, these sessions will feature the story of the Bristol Aeroplane Company (including Concorde) and our Engineering Heritage, as well as covering STEM principles related to flight and aerodynamics.

We are looking for teachers and schools to take part in the consultation process for the development of our learning activities. If you are interested, then we would love to hear from you. Drop us an email at

I loved going in the Concorde it was amazing as I got to sit in the seat where the queen sat and also got to go in the Cockpit and see all the buttons!...
— Year 4 Pupil, Wheatfield Primary School