BACT - Bristol Aero Collection Trust

 

The Bristol Aero Collection Trust is the organisation behind the plans for a new heritage and learning centre at Filton. The Trust was formed in 2012, by the merger of the Bristol Aero Collection and the Concorde Trust.

 

The chairman of the BACT is Iain Gray, CEO of the Technology Strategy Board, and former Managing Director of Airbus UK. We at Heritage Concorde are supporting the BACT, but after the failure by the former Concorde Trust to deliver the original plans for the new museum, this website trusts that this won’t be another repeat of past history, that saw expensive mistakes that caused the first attempt for heritage lottery funding to fail, although the CT did place their trust in a company to deliver this funding. 

After many years of working in partnership with the Bristol Aero Collection, The Concorde Trust was amalgamated with the Bristol Aero Collection to form the Bristol Aero Collection Trust (B.A.C.T.) in May 2012

In December 2012 a site on Filton Airfield was formally pledged to BAC Trust by landowners, BAE Systems for the creation of Aerospace Bristol. The site includes two First World War, Grade II listed hangars which, it is planned, will be refurbished to provide a first class aviation heritage museum, catering and retail facilities, community and learning spaces, archive, workshops and stores. A new building of c.3,200m2 footprint will offer a permanent home for Concorde, related exhibitions, technology centre and corporate facilities to be called Aerospace Bristol


Aerospace Bristol will conserve and display the region’s rich aviation heritage, telling the stories of the great technological advances, including Concorde, and the role of the community and workforce. It will help people learn about and participate in this heritage, and promote learning amongst the next generation of designers, innovators and engineers. 

 

In 2014 a change of Logo was made from the original distinctive typeface word ‘Bristol’ commensurate with the launch of the 2014 heritage Lottery Stage 1 grant.


 

Heritage Concorde supports the BACT Aerospace Centre

Heritage Concorde recently visited the BACT HQ and was given a presentation on the proposal, Things are so far going well and we have been assured that the Center is on target for opening in 2017.
During our visit we had the opportunity to inspect Concorde G-BOAF and despite what has been said elsewhere the aircraft appeared to be in good condition, she has recently been washed and will have a clean every year. She has dehumidifiers inside her cabin and is opened on days where weather permits.

We had the opportunity to view the rest of the collection and as long as BACT do deliver for 2017 this Aerospace Center should be one of the best places in the country to visit a production Concorde

 

Click here to see the current plans