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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.

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The Aerospace Bristol vision

As a first-class museum with learning at its heart, Aerospace Bristol aims to inspire and entertain future generations, through the presentation of the stories and achievements of Bristol's world-class aerospace industry - past, present and future.

Drawing together collections of objects and archives spanning over 100 years of aviation history with the latest in aerospace technology, Aerospace Bristol will be a first-class museum with learning at its heart. 

Aims

Enable a wide range of people to participate in and learn about Bristol's aviation heritage.

Advance learning, skills and training particularly in science, technology, engineering and design, as well as heritage conservation skills.

Conserve Bristol's aerospace heritage for present and future generations to experience, appreciate and enjoy.

Celebrate the world class achievements of the aerospace industry in Bristol and the people who made it possible.

 

Heritage

Bristol factory worker

For over a century, Bristol has been at the forefront of aeronautical and space technology, breaking boundaries to create the fastest, the biggest and the highest.

Aerospace Bristol will entertain visitors with stories of human endeavour, individual genius and shared creativity.

 

Innovation

Concorde taking off

Aerospace Bristol will inspire future generations, using examples of great innovation, such as Concorde and space flight.

Concorde is a symbol of the UK's ambition, innovation, collaboration and technological achievement. Bristol can safely claim to be the true home of Concorde - the airframe and the engines were largely developed here, the UK assembly line was located here, and all UK Concordes made their maiden flight from Filton's runway.

The last Concorde built, and the last to fly, is preserved on Filton Airfield, and will form the centre-piece of the Aerospace Bristol exhibition.

 

Learning

Aerospace restoration work

Education and learning will be at the heart of Aerospace Bristol.

In partnership with local schools and businesses, the exhibition and activity spaces will provide formal and informal learning, particularly in STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

With the support of several large aerospace and advanced engineering companies, such as Airbus, GKN, Rolls-Royce, and Renishaw, we will be able to provide a unique interface between students and aerospace industry.

 

Restore and conserve

The aim of the museum is to restore, conserve and preserve artefacts that are significant to Bristol's aerospace heritage.

The workshops will enable us to undertake new restoration projects and provide opportunities for local people to become actively involved and learn new skills.

The Bristol Aero Collection Trust, the organisation behind Aerospace Bristol, was originally registered as the Bristol Aero Collection in 1992, merging with sister charity The Concorde Trust to form the Bristol Aero Collection Trust in 2012. Trustees and Members have spent nearly three decades collecting artefacts, documents and personal stories and welcoming visitors to see the growing collection at Banwell and then Kemble prior to the establishment of the new museum.