Museum of Berkshire Aviation

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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.

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Opening hours

Winter: (First Sunday in November - Last but one Sun in March) - Sundays 12 noon to 4 pm; Wednesdays 10.30 am to 4 pm

Spring/summer: (Last Saturday in March - Last Sunday in October) - Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays 10.30 am to 5 pm; Wednesdays: 10.30 am to 5 pm

Admission charges

Adult £3.50
Senior citizen £2.50
Children £2.50
Family Ticket £8.50 (2 adults and up to 3 children)
Group visits £3 per head

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

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




0118 944 8089

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