A Brilliant Start
We opened for the August bank holiday weekend after remarkable efforts by our own members and by local contractors and tradespeople.
At eight on the Friday morning we had no tarmac. Cheltenham Surfacing had it laid and usable by the end of the day. That same morning Glevum Heating, installing the lighting in our reception, café and toilets, learned that the units theyʼd ordered hadnʼt been delivered. They took down the lighting from their own office ceiling so that we could open on time.
We call it a Preview Opening, a chance for people to see our new building, several of our aircraft and work in progress. Weʼve been open every Saturday and Sunday since (apart from the first two weekends of October, when we were moving aircraft), plus the August Bank Holiday Monday and two Heritage Open Days.
The response has been wonderful, with around 3,000 visitors so far, one in five of them children. Admission is free but donations and café and shop sales have already brought in more per head than our optimistic forecast. Weʼll continue to open every weekend apart from 28-29 December - please watch the website and our Facebook page.
The new build has been fantastic value at around £310,000. Much of it was donated by our members. Weʼve had major grants from Tewkesbury Borough, Rolls-Royce and the Gloucestershire Environmental Trust and significant amounts from Gloucester, Cheltenham and Stroud councils. Other grant applications are in hand.
With a long lease, low rent, the low maintenance costs and no paid staff our overheads are very low, making us very sustainable.
Thereʼs a lot of work still to do: more aircraft to install, more electrics, better displays and interpretation, an office and an archive room, developing education and embarking on accreditation.
HOW TO FIND US
Weʼre on the north side of the Airport, off Cheltenham Road East (B4063) at the traffic lights by Cotswold Motor Caravans.
The address is:
Meteor Business Park, Cheltenham Road East, Gloucester GL2 9QLPlease note that there is no access via Gloucestershire Airportʼs main entrance
KEEPING IN TOUCH
More information about our collection is on this website. Up-to-date news is on our Facebook page: The Jet Age Museum. We are on Twitter: @JetAgeMuseum. Until we have a phone line you can contact us by email via this website or to email@example.com. You can help us improve and grow by making a donation or becoming a member - please follow the links on this page.
'Gloucestershire Airport - Through Time', written by Stroud-based historian Guy Ellis and published by Amberley Publishing, charts the history of the Staverton site from the very earliest aeronautical activities right up to the present day.
During his extensive research, Guy has amassed hundreds of pictures, stories and anecdotes from a wide cross section of Airport users, staff and aircrew, piecing together more than 75 years of flying at Staverton site and he hopes that proceeds from the sale of the 96-page book will help to preserve its history further. All royalties and proceeds from purchases made at the Jet Age Museum will be donated to the museum's funds.
Airport operations director, Darren Lewington, who is also a trustee of the Jet Age Museum said: - "This publication is a great keepsake from a visit to the museum and airport, as the photographs give the visitor a sense of the importance of Gloucestershire Airport and its rich heritage."
The book will be launched at the Jet Age Museum on Sunday 1st December from 10 until 4 pm and the author will be on hand to sign copies.
All museum members and prospective members are welcome to attend the Monthly Committee meetings which are held at the Tithe Barn Centre, Brockworth Court, Gloucestershire GL3 4QU until further notice.
The meetings begin at 7.30 pm, usually on the second Wednesday of every month - but the check dates below.
11 December 8 January 12 February