Avro Heritage Museum
|Former name||Avro Heritage Centre|
|Location||Woodford Aerodrome, Woodford, Greater Manchester, England|
Avro Heritage Museum is an aviation museum in Woodford, Greater Manchester, England, that is opened on 13 November 2015. It is located at the former Woodford Aerodrome, and it replaces the former Avro Heritage Centre.
Former Avro Heritage Centre
The Heritage Centre had five rooms containing displays and photos about AVRO, including models of aircraft designs. It also has an archive, as well as a small shop. It was only open for tours on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and visits were only possible by prior appointment. It was located in Woodford's personnel block, and was operated by volunteers.
As part of the deal to sell Woodford Aerodrome for redevelopment in December 2011, BAE agreed to fund a new heritage centre on the site. BAE Systems and Avro Heritage Trust commissioned the design and construction of the new museum. It was constructed by Conlon Construction and Cassidy + Ashton.
The former fire station of the aerodrome has been renovated to host the new museum, which is an ironic choice of location given that a substantial amount of Avro's documentation (including the original drawings of the Lancaster, Vulcan and Nimrod) were lost in a fire at BAE Chadderton in 1959. The site is 2.39 acres in size. The museum has an exhibition hall, a gallery, a cafe, reading rooms, and classrooms. Construction started in August 2014, and it opened in November 2015. BAE have handed over the museum building to the Avro Heritage Trust.
The new museum is 70% larger than the previous centre. It holds Avro Heritage Trust's collection of over 30,000 artefacts on aircraft development, including over 10,000 artefacts and memorabilia from the site in 11,700 square feet (1,090 m2) of space. 80% of the collection will be on display, with the other 20% on rotation display over the course of a year.
The exhibition includes an Avro Vulcan B2 bomber, which will be on permanent display adjacent to the museum. The Vulcan is number XM603. The bomber was built at Woodford, and was used by the RAF. The nose and cockpit section of an Avro Vulcan is also be on display, and visitors are able to sit in it. Murals that used to be located in Woodford's employee restaurant will also be displayed in the main exhibition hall.
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