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Brooklands Museum Welcomes Back Visitors

Published on: 4 Aug, 2020
Updated on: 3 Aug, 2020

Brooklands Museum at Weybridge, home to stunning collections of motor-racing and aviation history, is open again. BOB McSHEE has visited and reports on what’s on offer.

A welcoming sign on the bridge at the entrance to Brooklands Museum.

On entering the museum site from the car park there was a very welcoming sign on the bridge.

At the entrance my temperature was checked as the museum wants everyone to have a Covid-safe visit and many of the buildings have a one-way route which has to be followed.

The clubhouse at Brooklands Museum with its new lawn of artificial turf.

From the entrance I walked to the clubhouse where to my surprise I saw that the paddock has been grassed over with a luxury artificial lawn on which deckchairs were suitably spaced to meet the current regulations.

I then proceeded to the aircraft factory which is a Bellman hanger containing many exhibits inside.

The restored Bellman hanger.

In 2017, the Bellman hanger was moved from its original position on the finishing straight and re-assembled in its new location.

Moving on, I gazed at Concorde that was first flown in 1974 and had a flying life of only seven years, being the first aircraft to fly 100 passengers at twice the speed of sound or ‘Mach 2’.

Brooklands Museum’s Concorde.

For a supplementary fee of £3 you can enjoy the Concorde experience and see inside this unique aircraft.

Opposite Concorde is a statue of Captain John Alcock and Lieutenant Arthur Whitten Brown, being the brave men who first flew across the Atlantic in 1919, in a Vimy biplane which was built at Brooklands.

Statue of Captain John Alcock and Lieutenant Arthur Whitten Brown.

This statue was unveiled by Prince Michael of Kent in February this year.

The London Bus Museum at Brooklands.

Adjoining the aircraft park is the London Bus Museum containing exhibits which tell the story of the development of buses in London and has the largest collection of London buses in the world.

Brooklands Museum is currently open Thursdays to Sundays and tickets must be booked in advance.

Click here for more details on Brooklands Museum’s website.

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  1. Mike Murphy Reply

    August 4, 2020 at 3:19 pm

    It’s wonderful that this superb museum is open again and I look forward to being able to visit for at least the 50th time with friends and family.

    There really is something for everyone at Brooklands including excellent food.

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