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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

The Conservation in Action Workshop

Martha Lewington

Aerospace Bristol is soon to begin the restoration of the oldest listed aircraft hangar on the museum site. Hangar 16M which was most recently home to the Air Ambulance, dates from 1915 and was once part of the historic Filton Aircraft Acceptance Park and home to No. 501 Squadron RAF.

Archive image of Hangar 16M
Hangar 16M

Archive image of Hangar 16M and a photo of what the Hangar looks like today

The grade II listed Hangar is to be transformed into a dynamic ‘Conservation in Action’ workshop. The building will become an exciting space for our dedicated volunteers to work on rare and nationally-significant Bristol aircraft in view of our visitors.

The workshop will become an exciting extension to the visitor journey at the museum, as well as an important space for inspiring and teaching the engineers of the future. Young industry volunteers and engineering students will have the chance to undertake work on Bristol aircraft with the support of the museum’s volunteers. Aerospace Bristol’s enthusiastic cohort of volunteers are predominantly ex-industry employees with a wealth of engineering knowledge and experience. They will be able to pass on their skills to a new generation and to those who will become the engineers of the future.


The main phase of construction on Hangar 16M is planned to start towards the end of 2019, with the workshop opening to the public by the beginning of summer 2020.

The museum will launch a public appeal in the lead up to Christmas, asking for your support to raise the vital funding required to complete this special project. We need your help to restore this Grade II listed hangar and inspire the next generation of engineers through hands-on conservation here in Filton.

If you would like to find out more about how you can play your part, with a personal or corporate donation and to discuss the range of recognition options that will be available, please feel free to contact our Fundraising Department for an informal chat by emailing or calling 0117 363 4621Thank you for your support.

Aerospace Bristol to bring Concorde exhibition to Balloon Fiesta

Martha Lewington

Aerospace Bristol is delighted to announce that the museum will be bringing a brand new exhibition of Concorde images and objects to this year's Bristol International Balloon Fiesta.

Entitled ‘Concorde: The World Shrinker’, the exhibition will explore the original aspirations for the world’s fastest passenger jet, the global routes it would hopefully fly and the idea of changing passenger travel forever. Objects on display will include a Concorde pilot’s uniform, a Concorde model, and an interactive exhibit showing Bristol icons racing across the Atlantic. The exhibition will also feature a series of fun, free five-minute Live Science Shows with Aerospace Bristol’s Learning Team, running across the four days.

And, as if that's not enough, Captain Tim Orchard, former Concorde pilot and balloonist, will be bringing his very special hopper balloon - made using Concorde seats! - to the Fiesta too.

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Descendants of World War One Aces meet at Aerospace Bristol

Martha Lewington

Descendants of World War One aces, Canadian Andrew McKeever and Bristolian Leslie Powell, have met for the first time. The two met at Aerospace Bristol, in front of the museum's replica of the biplane that McKeever and Powell flew with distinction.

McKeever’s great nephew, Ross Thompson, travelled from his home in Canada for the meeting, while Powell’s grand-daughter, Mrs Jan Absolom, has travelled from Berkshire.

The museum’s Bristol F2b Fighter is in the colours of the No. 11 Squadron aircraft in which McKeever and Powell recorded 31 and 19 “kills” respectively in the skies over France, earning national fame and the nicknames of The Hawk and The Gnat.

The Airbus and Rolls-Royce engineers who built the replica Fighter were also there to meet Ross and Jan, and were delighted to have the opportunity to explain how they recreated the WWI aircraft.

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Leslie Powell’s grand-daughter, Mrs Jan Absolom

Leslie Powell’s grand-daughter, Mrs Jan Absolom

Andrew McKeever’s great nephew, Ross Thompson (right) and Leslie Powell’s grand-daughter, Mrs Jan Absolom (centre)

Andrew McKeever’s great nephew, Ross Thompson (right) and Leslie Powell’s grand-daughter, Mrs Jan Absolom (centre)

Andrew McKeever’s great nephew, Ross Thompson

Andrew McKeever’s great nephew, Ross Thompson