Staff, students and alumni from UWE Bristol have been working to support Aerospace Bristol through the pandemic, to ensure future generations can enjoy the aerospace museum.
The museum, based in Filton, has seen loss of vital visitor and event income due to the pandemic, leaving the future of the museum and preservation of Bristol’s aviation heritage, in real jeopardy.
Teams from across the university have collaborated to support the museum in their plans for a safe reopening once measures are eased, providing 3D printed masks and visors for museum staff and volunteers, and supplying hand gel for visitors.
Despite being closed to the public, the museum has continued to provide online educational activities and resources. The Engineering Design and Mathematics (EDM) department at UWE Bristol has developed a range of flight-themed activities for people to enjoy from the comfort of their homes.
The EDM department has also developed a suite of inspirational career films, designed to inspire and encourage careers in engineering. The films are a series of interviews with staff, students and alumni from UWE Bristol, sharing stories of their experiences and insights into studying engineering at the university.
The department has also developed an Aeroplane BoxEd for the education team at the museum, providing an engaging and interactive tool for use in future education sessions.
Dr Lisa Brodie, Head of the Department of Engineering Mathematics and Design, and member of the Board of Trustees of Aerospace Bristol, said: “Aerospace Bristol tells the story of our region’s rich aviation heritage, celebrating the world class achievements of the aerospace industry in Bristol and the people who made it possible.
“UWE Bristol are committed in supporting the museum throughout these difficult times, to ensure they can continue to inspire the engineers of tomorrow.”
Amy Seadon, Learning and Community Engagement Manager at Aerospace Bristol, said: "It has been incredibly beneficial for Aerospace Bristol to work with students, researchers and teaching staff from UWE Bristol. We'd like to say a huge thank you to UWE Bristol for all of their support throughout this challenging time.
“The partnership perfectly blends the story of our aerospace history with the inspirational stories and input of the next generation of engineers. Though the museum unfortunately remains closed, we have created ‘At Home With Aerospace Bristol’ and shared an amazing range of resources for everyone to enjoy.”