Thursday, 22 September 2011

Our Gyroboat in action!

Take a look at this piece of footage from the Scottish Screen Archive - Collections Volunteer John Clews just stumbled across footage of the Bensen B8 Gyroboat, which would later come to the museum as a gift from the Brooklands Museum.

It really is so good to see parts of our collection in their former lives!

Friday, 16 September 2011

An update from the Collections Office

As I write, the noise of air raid sirens and low flying bombers surround me as the sound systems are tested ready for tomorrow evening's annual Hangar Dance. Not the usual soundtrack to a days work in 2011 I must admit!

As ever, the last few weeks have been busy here in the Collections Office. Our temperature readings are indicative of the fast approaching Autumn/Winter period which provides us with a great opportunity to reflect upon what we have achieved in the past year and what we hope to achive in the coming year.

It can be incredibly difficult to quantify collections work, however we are elated that we are very close to having catalogued 3,000 objects on our electronic database (MODES) which is 3,000 more than we had 3 years ago! Even better news is that the pace is picking up now that many of the initial teething problems involved with implementing a new system have been overcome.

I am fortunate enough to work with an innovative and dedicated team of volunteers, all of whom bring with them different knowledge and skills. Between us we are making good progress and next month we will be visited by Nick Pearce-Smith from the MODES Users Association who will help us develop our cataloguing skills further.

The coming year will be incredibly busy for us as we start to photograph objects in our collection and utilise these within the electronic database, and I hope to begin to make some of these images available for viewing on this blog too so watch this space!

And now...back to work!

Saturday, 3 September 2011

Forthcoming lecture - 24th September 2011

As part of our regular 'Spotter's Weekend', David Gibbings will be giving a daytime lecture at 11am in the Museums Lecture Room entitled 'The Evolution of the British Helicopter Industry'. The lecture will include a section on G-LYNX which is on display in the museum's main hangar. 
David Gibbings is a retired Career Flight Test Engineer and aviation historian, lecturer and artist. He worked  for 38 years testing helicopters with over 3000hrs flying time as flight test crew.
He also worked on the Fairey Rotodyne, the remaining parts of which are on display at the museum, and has a specialised interest in similar projects. 
There is no additional charge for the lecture, only standard museum entrance with free entry to all friends of the museum with a valid membership card and Gift Aid return visitors.
Spotters Tours will be held over the weekend at various times throughout the day.