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Brooklands Museum, Weybridge, Surrey

#1 Post by Capetonian » Thu Jun 02, 2016 12:41 pm

A great place for a day out and not just for 'boys', there's a huge amount to see, historic civilian and military aircraft, cars, motor bikes, and other aviation and motoring exhibits. On the civilian a/c side, there's Concorde BBDG, a Viscount 806, VC10, BAC 1-11, Viking, Vanguard/Merchantman and more........ all maintained and stewarded by volunteers.

The museum has a programme of events, the next major ones being The Brooklands Double Twelve Motorsport Festival on 18-19 June, and Mach 2 for Tea on Sunday, June 19, 2016

Re-live the atmosphere of the golden age of supersonic flight with Concorde, and the elegant style of afternoon tea in London’s great and grand hotels on a ‘Mach 2 for Tea’ afternoon.

Sip Champagne on Concorde, enjoy Afternoon Tea in the Vickers Suite to the accompaniment of evocative ‘Palm Court’ music, and chat with a British Airways Pilot and Concorde Stewardess about a day in their lives flying ten miles high at twice the speed of sound!

£75 per person (Champagne may be purchased by the glass or bottle during the Tea)

More information here http://www.brooklandsconcorde.co.uk http://www.brooklandsmuseum.com/


It's just been announced that the Museum, or rather its team of volunteers, has been awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2016

Brooklands Museum volunteers recognised with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service for 2016

The volunteers of Brooklands Museum have been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.

Volunteers cover a wide variety of roles vital to the Museum, from stewarding and guiding both adults and school children to restoration of aircraft and vehicles, research, marshalling at events, painting and gardening. Over 800 volunteers are registered at the Museum, coming from every sector of the community and professional background, and priding themselves on their professionalism, knowledge and enthusiasm. Visitors often comment about how much their visits are enhanced by interaction with them.

The Brooklands Museum volunteers are one of 193 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year. The number of awards given to groups this year is slightly higher than last year, showing that the voluntary sector is thriving and full of innovative ideas to tackle community challenges.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work in their communities. The awards were created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and winners are announced each year on 2 June – the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation.

Award winners this year range from a War Memorial Community Trust, providing social facilities for the benefit of the community in Clwyd, Wales, to a club enhancing the community by developing individuals through athletics, in Ayrshire and Arran, Scotland.

The Brooklands Museum volunteers will receive the award from the Lord Lieutenant of Surrey later this summer.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service Committee Chair, former broadcast journalist Sir Martyn Lewis said:

“I warmly congratulate all of the inspirational voluntary groups who have been rewarded for their community work with a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. The judging panel for this year’s awards were struck by the quality and breadth of all the successful groups.
The thousands of volunteers who give up spare time to help others in their community and to help solve problems demonstrate the very best of democracy in action.”

Minister for Civil Society, Rob Wilson, said:

“I would like to congratulate all groups who received this year’s Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, in recognition of their fantastic achievements. The huge amount of work and commitment these organisations put into their local communities is surpassed only by the passion and motivation of the individuals who volunteer. I hope these groups continue to inspire others to get involved and make a positive impact so that we can continue to build a more compassionate society.”

Allan Winn, Director & CEO of Brooklands Museum said:

“I am delighted that the vital role played by the volunteers at Brooklands Museum has been recognised by the Queen’s Award. Their unfailing enthusiasm, knowledge and dedication are reflected in both our visitor numbers - increasing year on year – and in the satisfaction shown by those visitors. It is true to say that without their involvement in every aspect of operations, Brooklands Museum could not exist in its present successful form. With our £8million Heritage Lottery-funded Brooklands Aircraft Factory & Race Track Revival Project due for completion in Summer 2017 there will be even more opportunities for the local community to become involved. John Silver, our Volunteers Resources Manager would be pleased to hear from anyone interested in volunteering at the Museum at johnsilver (at) brooklandsmuseum.com or 01932 857381 ext 242.”
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Re: Brooklands Museum, Weybridge, Surrey

#2 Post by Tall Bird » Tue Aug 02, 2016 11:48 pm

I must remember to ask/look out for during Op Downsize for the pic Mum has of her sat on the bonnet of a Brylcreem Boy's fast motor waving a flag doing a circuit at Brooklands. Presumably not the same chap who took her up for a spin at Cranwell after a lunch of liver and onions....

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Re: Brooklands Museum, Weybridge, Surrey

#3 Post by Capetonian » Mon Jan 22, 2018 6:48 pm

Brooklands Museum received about £4.5m. from National Lottery money a couple of years ago. Somewhat better use than paying it to people walking around balancing poles on their noses or similar crap.

Some of that money has been spent on rebuilding the old Wellington Shed as an aircraft factory, with parts of the display emulating, in a hands on way, the various modules of aircraft building in those days.

Some of the other aircraft have been put into the new Flight Shed, where they are properly displayed, lit, and protected from the elements.

These photos do not really do it justice, you need to go along to enjoy the whole experience.

https://photos.google.com/album/AF1QipM ... oQ_nlIvGmA > link to album

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#5 Post by Capetonian » Tue Apr 17, 2018 6:17 am

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Re: Brooklands Museum, Weybridge, Surrey

#6 Post by Cacophonix » Tue Apr 17, 2018 10:37 am

I have only been to Brooklands once before (accompanied by the knowledgeable Capetonian who acts as a volunteer there and I leave him to tell you about all that) but I was amazed to see how some of the outside exhibits were flown in...

Here is one such example...



Max braking and a no brake fires fortunately! Talk about digging a hole. Good piloting and good luck.

A little more about Hunting aviation and Captain Peter Moore (RIP)

https://www.flightglobal.com/news/artic ... res-10048/

We should do it again soon Capetonian!

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Re: Brooklands Museum, Weybridge, Surrey

#7 Post by Capetonian » Tue Apr 17, 2018 9:50 pm

There's an account of the landing of the Brooklands VC10 G-ASIX/A4O-AB here http://www.vc10.net/Memories/A4OAB_Royalflight.html on 06JUL87.

Somewhere on the net there must be a video of the landing but I have not been able to find it.

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Re: Brooklands Museum, Weybridge, Surrey

#8 Post by Cacophonix » Tue Apr 17, 2018 10:37 pm

Capetonian wrote:
Tue Apr 17, 2018 9:50 pm
There's an account of the landing of the Brooklands VC10 G-ASIX/A4O-AB here http://www.vc10.net/Memories/A4OAB_Royalflight.html on 06JUL87.

I will be back on that side of the globe mid-May.

Very interesting article Capetonian. Just as well the VC10 was designed for hot and high as well as short runways!

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Re: Brooklands Museum, Weybridge, Surrey

#9 Post by Capetonian » Thu Jan 31, 2019 10:12 pm

. An unashamed plug for Brooklands.
On this forum we have a wealth of aviation knowledge, enthusiasm, and experience. Maybe those who live within reach of Weybridge could consider joining as volunteers, members, or even both. Both are rewarding, fun, and useful.

https://www.brooklandsmuseum.com/about/ ... /volunteer

https://www.brooklandsmuseum.com/about/ ... membership

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Re: Brooklands Museum, Weybridge, Surrey

#10 Post by Ex-Ascot » Mon Feb 04, 2019 6:21 am

Sorry Cape only just noticed this thread. Very interesting link to Dick King's talk. I am in constant contact with him. Perhaps I should introduce him to this forum.
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