Following last week’s announcement that British Aerospace has donated £2.4 million towards the establishment of an aerospace heritage museum on the northern edge of the Filton Airfield site, the charitable organisation behind the project has launched a survey to collect the views of local people.
The proposed site includes two World War One, Grade II listed hangars, which will be fully refurbished to provide a first class aviation heritage museum, a learning centre and an archive. There are also plans to construct a new building to house Concorde 216 (currently based on another part of the airfield but closed to the public) and related exhibitions.
As part of a wide consultation process, the Bristol Aero Collection says it would welcome the public’s views on what the museum should look like and what it should contain.
Subject areas that the questionnaire suggests might be addressed by exhibits in the new museum include:
- How the community around Filton has grown and been affected by the aerospace industry
- The history of the aerospace industry in Bristol from 1910
- The role of Bristol’s aircraft, engines and people in two World Wars
- The stories of Concorde from its design and technology to its use as a commercial aircraft
- The different types of Bristol-built products from trams to aircraft and cars to missiles
Respondents are also asked about the different ways in which material could be presented, e.g. through written graphics panels, audio tours, guided tours by ex-workers, discovery tours, staff in costume, audio-visuals, hands-on interactive displays, handling objects, making & testing and working exhibits.
To take part in the survey, visit:
The trust says it welcomes BAE Systems’ contribution to the project and adds that it is preparing a Heritage Lottery Fund application to be submitted early in the New Year.