About us

The history of hot-air and gas ballooning is important and fascinating, but it is fast in danger of being lost. The BBM&L was formed in 1979 with the purpose of trying to preserve the many items associated with this very popular activity.

As a registered charity, it is run entirely by volunteers and is funded by subscriptions from Friends and some donations.

We have saved dozens of historic balloons and built up a large collection of equipment such as balloon burners, baskets, instruments and a wide range of ballooning memorabilia such as stamps, posters, prints, cards, models, photographs, trophies, badges etc.

There is also a comprehensive collection of books, technical papers and magazines, and there is a display in the Manchester Museum of Science and Technology but a more comprehensive display is in the reception area  of Cameron Balloon Ltd in Bristol. The BBM&L also has a mobile display unit which can be taken to events, schools, colleges and displays to further peoples thirst for ballooning history.