UWE supports Aerospace Bristol return to flight

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View from aircraft window

Aerospace Bristol, which is run by a charity, is a museum in its infancy, having only been open a few years. With the loss of vital visitor and event income during the pandemic, the future of the museum and preservation of Bristol’s aviation heritage for future generations is in real jeopardy.

Which is why the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) have been finding new ways to help Aerospace Bristol return to flight this Winter.

Teams from across the university have collaborated in a joint effort to support the museum in their plans for a safe reopening once regional lockdown measures are eased. Through the provision of 3D printed masks and visors for museum staff and volunteers, and the supply of hand gel for visitors, it is hoped that once Bristol moves out of Tier 3 restrictions, the museum will once again welcome families back to the birthplace of supersonic travel!

Despite being closed to the public, the museum has continued to provide free and fun educational experiences for people to enjoy from the comfort of their own homes. At Home With Aerospace Bristol is a range of online educational activities & resources designed for use at home or in the classroom, and the Engineering Design and Mathematics (EDM) department at UWE Bristol have developed some new flight themed activities to get children’s imaginations soaring this Winter.

Aerospace Bristol tells the story of our region’s rich aviation heritage, celebrating the world class achievements of the aerospace industry in Bristol and the people who made it possible. UWE Bristol are committed in supporting the museum throughout these difficult times, to ensure they can continue to inspire the engineers of tomorrow.

Dr Lisa Brodie, Head of the Department of Engineering Mathematics and Design, and member of the Board of Trustees of Aerospace Bristol

Further support has been provided by the EDM department in the form of career inspiration videos – a series of interviews with staff, students and alumni from UWE Bristol, sharing stories of their experiences and insights into studying engineering at the University. The department have also developed an Aeroplane BoxEd for the education team at the museum, providing an engaging and interactive tool for use in future education sessions.

Aeroplane BoxEd, developed by UWE Bristol

It has been incredibly beneficial for Aerospace Bristol to work with students, researchers and teaching staff from UWE Bristol. We’d like to say a huge thank you to UWE Bristol for all of their support throughout this challenging time.

The partnership perfectly blends the story of our aerospace history with the inspirational stories and input of the next generation of engineers. Though the museum unfortunately remains closed, we have created ‘At Home With Aerospace Bristol’ and shared an amazing range of resources for everyone to enjoy.

Amy Seadon, Learning and Community Engagement Manager at Aerospace Bristol

If you would like to support Aerospace Bristol return to flight this Winter, please consider making a donation or buying someone special a gift ticket. For more information please visit the Aerospace Bristol website.

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