CityofAthens From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (5 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 16292 times:
Firstly, an apology. This IS a trip report, but not one of any flight I took. However, since I think it is relevant enough to this forum, I hope the moderators will permit me to share this little gem.
Secondly , apologies for the quality of the photos; I am not a professional photographer; neither did I take the photos with a standard camera, but with my iPhone 3G (2 megapixels).
Nevertheless , I hope at least some of you will enjoy the few photos (and even fewer words! ) contained herein.
Basically , I work for BA (British Airways) and , apart from that, like most other people here, I have a passion for aviation.
Few BA staff, and possibly fewer members of the public are aware that BA have a small museum and archive collection, open to BA staff AND the public, located close to Hatton Cross underground station, Heathrow Airport, London.
Although small by museum standards, the small building on one floor houses a REMARKABLE amount of BA-related material from a genuine Concorde nosecone to all the Imperial Airways posters, models, timetables etc. The collection includes many models old & new, menus, washbags, uniforms you name it. It really is a little gem and I recommend anyone that might visit London and is interested in airline memorabilia to pay a quick visit.
The museum is run by volunteers, all ex-BA staff. Due to this, the museum is only open certain days of the week by appointment. Give them a ring, they are very happy and pleased to see members of the public and especially airline enthusiasts.
Even if you don't have any real interest in British Airways, I believe you will find the museum interesting.
The early 80s crewmember greets visitors at the entrance:
A poster from the early days of "corporate responsibility" i.e. BA cares for the environment
Old Imperial Airways Empire routes across the world:
BSAA - British South American Airways (later absorbed by BOAC) - you can just see some of the cities served)
African Empire routes:
BA old and new everywhere:
Smaller models and a copy of last week's staff newspaper, BA News.
A BA DC-10. They were named after forests, i.e. New Forest, Sherwood Forest
Menus galore, this one from a BOAC flight KHI-CMB with Mr. Harold Mcmillan, British Prime Minister aboard.
Washbags from BOAC and BA, through the years!
Of course timetables, the older ones are much more interesting as BOAC was like the great Pan Am, flying all over the world.
A slightly more recent poster celebrating the airline's heritage. (sorry about the cable)
Lots of archive material here!
One of the Utopia designs which wasn't adopted .
I think this is very nice!
Another nice photo from the days when BCAL use to fly some West African services:
The genuine paper dress worn for a short time by BOAC stewardesses on Caribbean flights.
Some info (much more in the museum):
I hope one day I will see this again painted on one of our jumbos to celebrate our heritage:
I hope you enjoyed this little trip, I am sorry it just focused on the heritage of one airline, BA. I realise that quite a few other airlines also have a long (sometimes longer) history than British Airways but since I work for this company I just wanted to share this with you; even if you don't much care for the airline I hope you enjoyed the photos and maybe one day you could visit this museum if you are passing through London.
I know their staff will be very happy to welcome you
SXDFC From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 2296 posts, RR: 19
Reply 2, posted (5 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 16047 times:
I want to visit this place! I have yet another reason to visit LHR! Its a shame that BA model didn't get applied in real life, it would have been a great scheme to look at! Maybe if BA ever changes that Union Jack they can make some design like that with the Union Jack design .
ALL views, opinions expressed are mine ONLY and are NOT representative of those shared by Southwest Airlines Co.
CityofAthens From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 13724 times:
Sorry 747forever, forgot to answer your question.
From T5 you can get to the museum via Hatton Cross station via tube (Picadilly Line) or by bus (which I believe might be free). You then have to walk straight across from the station towards Barclays Bank, go down that road and it's a few hundred yards on your left.
You need to phone to check they're open as they can't afford to be open every day (they're volunteers!)
Cityofathens From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 13355 times:
787, I don't know. There is so much material in there, both on display and in the archives, that it's quite possible you might find some relevant material. Why not email the team, they always try to answer your questions. Worth a look if you're ever this side of the pond.
MadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10882 posts, RR: 37
Reply 11, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 12856 times:
Thank you for your report and pictures of the BA Archive/Museum. A great idea.
I wanted to go to the place since right after BA had to retire their Concorde fleet. I have made contact with them by email several times. They were always very nice. My idea was to go there to see their Concorde collection, objects, artifacts and documents. The problem is I never had the chance to be around LHR on week days.
I will make a point of going to the archive/museum any chance I get. Unfortunately they will not be available when I will be at LHR on the weekend of the LHR A.net meet.
This is the last email I received from them, already a long while ago.
Paul has asked me to let you know about visiting the British Airways
museum here at Heathrow.
We are located at Hatton Cross, just a couple of minutes from the
Underground (Piccadilly Line) Station. We're generally open on
Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays but also on other days by arrangement.
We make no charge for entry, but as our premises are fairly small we
operate a diary system - by EMail or telephone us on 020 8513 7508.
We look forward to welcoming you here soon.
BA archives & Museum
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There was a better way to fly it was called Concorde