2018 Inflation Day 28th April

The BBM&L is pleased to announce the date for the 15th Biennial Inflation Day . It has been set for 28th April 2018 The location, for the fifth time thanks to David Hopkins inviting us back, will be: Lakeside Lodge at Pidley, Huntingdon We are in the early stages of planning, but the format is […]

The BBM&L Annual Luncheon and AGM, 29th October 2017

The BBM&L AGM And Luncheon will be held on Sunday 29th October 2017 at the Mercure Elcot Hotel near Newbury, Berkshire. The AGM starts at 11.00am and all Friends are welcome. The Agenda can be downloaded here. The Luncheon starts at 12-12.30 and will cost £26 per head, but the most exciting bit will be […]

The First Gas Balloon Flight

First Gas Balloon Flight 234 years ago Did you know the first gas balloon made its flight in August 1783. Designed by Jacques Charles and Les Frères Robert, it carried no passengers or cargo. The construction was a bit hurried as news had reached Professor Jacques Charles that the Montgolfier brothers had launched a hot […]

First Balloon 1783

234 years ago, on June 4th, 1783, Etienne and Joseph Montgolfier demonstrated the first balloon heated by hot air to the nobles of Annonay in south of France.  The Montgolfier family ran a large paper factory and had 16 children and they all worked there. Joseph was the 12th Child and Etienne was the 15th. […]

Festive Greetings and a Happy New Year

The British Balloon Museum & Library would like to wish you a Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year. If you are not a Friend of the Museum already, why not make a New Years Resolution to become one? Just go to the shop section of this website and join up. You get four amazing […]