Museum of Berkshire Aviation

Museum of Berkshire Aviation
Mohawk Way (off The Bader Way)
Woodley, Nr. Reading
Berkshire
RG5 4UE
England

Website

www.MuseumofBerkshireAviation.co.uk

E-mail

MuseumofBerkshireAviation@fly.to <MuseumofBerkshireAviation@fly.to

Telephone

0118 944 8089

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Inside Museum
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Berkshire's dynamic contribution to aviation history is graphically re-captured at the museum. Run as a charitable trust, the museum is at the historic site of Woodley Airfield, near Reading, U.K. - once the centre of a thriving aircraft industry. The museum welcomes group visits and runs an active educational programme for schools, linked to National Curriculum requirements, demonstrating the development of aviation techniques. Schools and other groups can be catered for outside normal opening hours, phone 0118 944 8089 for details.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

Winter: (6 Nov 2005 - 19 Mar 2006) - Sundays 12 noon to 4 pm; Wednesdays 10.30am to 4pm

Spring/summer: (25 Mar 2006 - 29 Oct 2006) - Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays 10.30am to 5pm; Wednesdays: 10.30am to 5pm

Special arrangements for groups outside these times. Telephone enquiries through the Museum Answering Service on 0118 944 8089.

Admission charges

Adults £3.00
Children and Senior Citizens £2.00
Family Ticket £8.00 (2 Adults and up to 3 Children)

Additional info

Ample free parking, Souvenir/Gift shop, Refreshments, Toilets, Disabled Facilities

Berkshire has indeed a long and distinguished association with aviation that well deserves recognition. Miles and Handley Page aircraft built at Woodley are being re-constructed and exhibited along with fascinating pictorial records and priceless archives. Vickers-Armstrong Supermarine built Spitfires in the heart of Reading and Newbury. Fairey and de Havilland were both associated with White Waltham and Handley Page took over from Miles at Woodley. At Langley airfield, more recently included in the county, Hawker built the famous Hurricane and other fighter aircraft. There were also lesser known manufacturers such as Chilton of Hungerford and Elliotts of Newbury. Major companies involved in the aviation industry, past and present include; British Aerospace, Ferranti, Sperrys, Racal, Adwest, C.F.Taylor and ML Aviation. The Museum provides the setting for commemoration and the facilities for the display of artifacts, photographs and information to serve researchers, historians and enthusiasts, not only in the field of aviation but also in local industrial, social and economic history.

Collection details

Aviation, Personalities, Weapons and War

Key artists and exhibits

  • Broburn Wanderlust BAPC.223
  • Fairey Gannet T5 Serial: XG883
  • Fairey Jet Gyrodyne Serial: XJ389
  • Handley Page HPR.7 Dart Herald 100 Serial: G-APWA
  • Miles M.14A Hawk Trainer3 (Magister) Serial: L6906
  • Miles M.25 Martinet Serial: MS902
  • Miles Marathon
  • Miles M.100 Student
  • Miles M.52
  • The Sprite System
  • German 1000 kg Bomb
  • Mini Link Trainer
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