CityofAthens
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A Great Visit To British Airways Museum, London

Thu Feb 26, 2009 12:47 am

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.  bigthumbsup 

Their number and opening hours are here http://www.bamuseum.com

Now some photos:

The early 80s crewmember greets visitors at the entrance:

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A poster from the early days of "corporate responsibility" i.e. BA cares for the environment

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Old Imperial Airways Empire routes across the world:

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BSAA - British South American Airways (later absorbed by BOAC) - you can just see some of the cities served)

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African Empire routes:

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BA old and new everywhere:

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Smaller models and a copy of last week's staff newspaper, BA News.

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A BA DC-10. They were named after forests, i.e. New Forest, Sherwood Forest  Smile

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Menus galore, this one from a BOAC flight KHI-CMB with Mr. Harold Mcmillan, British Prime Minister aboard.

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Washbags from BOAC and BA, through the years!

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Of course timetables, the older ones are much more interesting as BOAC was like the great Pan Am, flying all over the world.

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A slightly more recent poster celebrating the airline's heritage. (sorry about the cable)

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Lots of archive material here!

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One of the Utopia designs which wasn't adopted .

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I think this is very nice!

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Another nice photo from the days when BCAL use to fly some West African services:

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The genuine paper dress worn for a short time by BOAC stewardesses on Caribbean flights.

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Some info (much more in the museum):

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I hope one day I will see this again painted on one of our jumbos to celebrate our heritage:

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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  Smile
 
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RE: A Great Visit To British Airways Museum, London

Thu Feb 26, 2009 3:05 am

That was a fascinating report. I will definitely try to make my way over to the BA museum next time I'm at LHR.
 
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RE: A Great Visit To British Airways Museum, London

Thu Feb 26, 2009 3:36 am

Wow, great pics!

How do you get to the museum from T5?


Thank you for sharing

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RE: A Great Visit To British Airways Museum, London

Thu Feb 26, 2009 3:36 am

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  Wink.
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RE: A Great Visit To British Airways Museum, London

Thu Feb 26, 2009 9:13 am

I like the "4 engines for security" poster. I guess SRB must have visited the museum at some point!
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RE: A Great Visit To British Airways Museum, London

Fri Mar 13, 2009 1:05 am

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!)

Have fun, and thanks for the replies.  Smile
 
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RE: A Great Visit To British Airways Museum, London

Fri Mar 13, 2009 1:11 am

Fascinating photos and info. Looks like a great place to visit! Thanks for sharing!

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RE: A Great Visit To British Airways Museum, London

Fri Mar 13, 2009 4:44 am

Nice TR. 1 Question: Does the museum show the history and development of the 747 and 777 tail art additions such as the one you mentioned?
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RE: A Great Visit To British Airways Museum, London

Fri Mar 13, 2009 8:45 am

You have just made me want to go.

I have always said I will, and considering its a 10 minute walk there is nothing stopping me on a day off.

Thank you.
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RE: A Great Visit To British Airways Museum, London

Fri Mar 13, 2009 1:47 pm

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.

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RE: A Great Visit To British Airways Museum, London

Fri Mar 13, 2009 11:00 pm

Great report, on my to do list, say, any airlines in the states have a similar setup?
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RE: A Great Visit To British Airways Museum, London

Sat Mar 14, 2009 3:45 pm

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.

Madame Concorde,

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.

Jim Davies
BA archives & Museum
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RE: A Great Visit To British Airways Museum, London

Sun Mar 15, 2009 8:01 pm

Very interesting report - I didn't know that this museum existed, but it seems to be worth a visit. I will try to go there during my next London visit.

Quoting CityofAthens (Thread starter):
I hope one day I will see this again painted on one of our jumbos to celebrate our heritage:

That would definitely look great.

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RE: A Great Visit To British Airways Museum, London

Mon Mar 16, 2009 1:02 am

On a legal note, if BA wanted to painted a Jumbo say in old BOAC colours and operate it, would it upset any countries authorities?
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RE: A Great Visit To British Airways Museum, London

Mon Mar 16, 2009 8:47 am



Quoting Readytotaxi (Reply 13):
On a legal note, if BA wanted to painted a Jumbo say in old BOAC colours and operate it, would it upset any countries authorities?

Why would it upset any country?
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RE: A Great Visit To British Airways Museum, London

Mon Mar 16, 2009 9:14 am

I have been trying to come up with a quick trip to Europe for a jumpseat trip, just might have to go to LHR now.

Excellent report!
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RE: A Great Visit To British Airways Museum, London

Tue Mar 31, 2009 3:00 pm

Wow, can't wait to go. Thanks for sharing that gem with us.

All the best!
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RE: A Great Visit To British Airways Museum, London

Tue Mar 31, 2009 6:00 pm

Nice report!

I'll have to check it out next time I'm in London  Smile
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