Aerospace Bristol opened today, October 17, and the reviews are already glowing. One tripadvisor review in particular has struck a chord:
‘Supersonic experience. Wow! What a fabulous way to celebrate Bristol’s aerospace achievements. The history of local successes in air, space and defence from 1900s to current day. The highlight being the Concorde itslef. An outstanding museum, for all ages, and especially meaningful for those who have connections with the industry across the UK. Complete aircraft, helicopters, missiles and satellites, which you can see up close. The Concorde hangar was brilliantly brought to life with video and sound, and the experience needs to be seen in person. You can even get on board. As a tourist attraction this has all a visitor could want, an exceelent café and gift shop with great memorabilia. All the staff were welcoming and knowledgeable. We would highly recommend spending a few hours here learning more about a key part of British history.’
Aerospace Bristol tells a story of people, of innovation and of a businessman who spotted the potential of flight to change the world. It is a local story with global reach, encompassing science, technology, engineering, art & creativity and mathematics. Bristol is home to the UK’s most iconic aircraft, Concorde, which was designed and built at Filton, with the first British flight taking off in 1969 and the fleet’s final supersonic flight landing at the airfield in 2003.
The vision for Aerospace Bristol was to develop a major aviation heritage museum that inspires and entertains through the presentation of the science, technology and engineering excellence of Bristol’s aerospace industry. Event’s design approach drew on Filton’s rich archival collections, creating exhibitions informed by the language of the former factory and its workforce. Concorde is brought back to life using 3D projection mapping, highlighting Concorde’s sheer power and aerodynamic qualities. Animations, infographics and images explain its technological and design features.
Lloyd Burnell, executive director of Aerospace Bristol, said: “Aerospace Bristol offers something for everyone: Concorde, as always, has the power to amaze and looks just stunning in her new home; we have created a first-class exhibition to tell the story of Bristol’s aerospace achievements from 1910 to the modern day, and there are great fun interactives to keep all members of the family interested and entertained.”
Event has been involved with this project since the first round Heritage Lottery Fund and is proud to see it open to such a great reception.
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