Gordon Bennett 2010

The UK Gordon Bennett Gas Balloon Race Committee is proud to announce that Bristol has been selected for the start of the race in September 2010 from a short list of four. The Coupe Aeronautique Gordon Bennett is the oldest aeronautical event in the world, first held in Paris in 1906. Traditional gas balloons make […]

Chairman’s Award – The David Liddiard Trophy

At the British Balloon Museum & Library annual luncheon on 25th October 2009, Chairman, Richard d’Alton announced that there was going to be a new trophy awarded. The Chairman’s award, in the form of the David Liddiard Trophy balloon. The trophy is a renovated wooden balloon which was donated by David Liddiard to the Museum. […]

The 2009 BBM&L Luncheon

This year’s BBM&L luncheon was an outstanding success. Not only did we have a brilliant speaker, Dr Janet Folkes, who relived the Gordon Bennett flight of GBR2 with herself and Dr Ann Rich, but very generous items for the auction, and more attendees than we have seen for a number of years. We know that […]

53rd Gordon Bennett Race 2009

The Doctors did it. Dr Janet Folkes and Dr Ann Rich broke two records and landed in sixth place in the 2009 Gordon Bennett Race which was launched from Geneva. The France I team won the “53e Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett”, after 4 days flying, landing near the airport of Lagos, in the extreme south-west […]

The BBM&L nightglow at Althorp

The BBM&L had a high presence at English Heritage’s Festival of History at Kelmarsh in July. During the event, Martyn Turner was approached and asked if the museum could provide two tethered balloons for a ‘Celebration of Northamptonshire’ at Althorp, home of the Spencer family. A dinner for 400 was being held at Althorp with […]