'To Infinity and Beyond!' Preserving and promoting the records of Britain’s aviation and aerospace heritage
Conference, 12 February 2020
Aerospace Bristol, 10:30-16:00
£10 plus VAT (£12), including lunch
The archives of Britain’s aerospace and aviation industries chronicles stories of design, advances in science and technology, and the business of international and space travel, all with the aim of perfecting man’s dream to master powered flight.
This one-day conference is for everyone who cares for the industry’s paper-based and electronic collections, both large and small. It aims to highlight these records’ importance and inspire ways forward in preserving and promoting them to a wide variety of new and established audiences.
§ Keynote Speaker: Prof. David Edgerton, Kings College London and author of “England and the Aeroplane”,
§ Michael Lombardi, Boeing archivist and historian,
§ Graham Rood on Farnborough Air Sciences Trust’s work to rescue and promote the Royal Aircraft Establishment collections,
§ Amy Seadon on Aerospace Bristol’s projects to engage children with STEM,
§ Ally McConnell on how Gloucester Archives won a large grant to make Dowty’s archives more accessible,
§ Andrew Lewis on working with Brooklands Museum’s volunteers &
§ Howard Mason on the business drivers for maintaining and exploiting the BAE Systems network of archives.
Plus there will be an opportunity to visit the new Aerospace Bristol galleries and archive, and see the National Aerospace Library’s conservation volunteers in action.
The conference will also introduce the Aerospace and Aviation Archives Initiative (AAAI) and its work. The AAAI comprises representatives from organisations, museums and corporate collections and aims to promote the preservation of, and access to, Britain’s records relating to aerospace and aviation. One of its first jobs is find out more about our aerospace and aviation archives collections and delegates are encouraged to take part in this quick survey.
Discussion on the day will encourage delegates to help shape the future work of the AAAI.
The conference has been generously supported by The Royal Aeronautical Society Foundation.