Museum wants your memories of Concorde

October 03 2017

DO you remember exactly where you were on November 26, 2003 when Concorde graced the skies for the final time?

DO you remember exactly where you were on November 26, 2003 when Concorde graced the skies for the final time? 

People thronged the streets to see the aircraft as she flew in to land at Filton for the last time on that damp Wednesday afternoon.

Many living in our area have earlier memories of Concorde too: some worked on creating the iconic supersonic jet while others will recall famous flights.

Now the new museum being created at Filton to house Concorde Alpha Foxtrot is collecting local people's memories  for an online ‘Concorde Memory Map’. Recollections will also be added to the new museum’s digital archive – ensuring that they are preserved, ready to inspire the next generation of engineers.

The first 250 people to share their stories were invited to a preview event  in August at which they took part in a photo shoot, standing in the shape of Concorde as the Red Arrows flew overhead and captured images from the air. Guests were then invited into the museum’s new Concorde hangar to enjoy an exclusive preview of the museum, which is due to  open later this year.

Volunteers have worked for many years to bring the museum to fruition. Their efforts, which have so far raised £17m  towards the £19m project, were recognised this year when they were honoured with The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

 Aerospace Bristol is appealing for further support to bridge the funding shortfall and help achieve its goals of preserving and restoring Bristol’s aviation heritage and inspiring the next generation of engineers. 

Chairman of Aerospace Bristol, said: “Aerospace Bristol will celebrate the innovation and endeavour of those generations who went before us and inspire young people to consider careers in science and technology. We are asking everyone who has a Concorde story, and shares our aim of keeping the spirit of Concorde alive, to please share their story with us and support us with a kind donation. Your contribution truly will make a difference.”

To share your Concorde memories, visit www.aerospacebristol.org/concorde-stories, where you can make a donation.