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 […]

The Icicle Refrozen Balloon Meet, 7th & 8th January 2017

Icicle Refrozen will take place on the 7th & 8th January 2017 at Donnington Grove Country Club on the North West edge of Newbury, Berkshire.The 3.4.40 Region of the BBAC has again taken on the organization of this iconic event and are delighted to revisit this new venue for both flying and social events. The […]

The BBM&L Luncheon & AGM was a Success

The Great British Balloon Lunchtime The 2016 BBM&L AGM and Annual Luncheon held at the Elcot near Newbury on October 30th was a brilliant success. More people attended the event this year than for the last six years, many travelling hundreds of miles, Wilf Woollett and Rachel, flew in from Ireland for the day! We […]

The Annual Luncheon & AGM Sunday 30th October 2016

The Annual British Balloon Museum & Library Luncheon is going to be on Sunday 30th October. It will be at the Mercure Elcot Park Hotel near Newbury, Berkshire. The BBM&L’s Annual General Meeting will take place just before the luncheon, and all Friends are welcome to attend, the AGM is at 11.00am. Click here for […]

The 14th British Balloon Museum & Library Inflation Day. By Tim Turner

Well, what a busy and exciting day it was for the 14th BBM&L Inflation Day, and the weather really was the cream topping to make it a perfect event! I cannot remember such an impeccable forecast during the preceding week and turning out as predicted on the day. The only complaint I received was ‘it’s […]

Have you Missed a Trailrope?

Here are the front covers of the last four Trailropes, the journal of the British Balloon Museum & Library. The most recent one has all the reports on the most amazing Inflation Day, held on May 7th. But do you realise that for £10 a year you receive four Trailropes plus invitations to the luncheon and […]

The BBM&L 14th Inflation Day, May 7th 2016

  The British Balloon Museum & Library are pleased to announce that the 14th Inflation Day will be held on Saturday May 7th 2016. We are looking forward to welcoming you all to Lakeside Lodge at Pidley, near Huntingdon, where David Hopkins has very graciously agreed to host it again for us. LAAS International, the […]

Balloon Museum Annual Luncheon

The Annual Luncheon of the British Balloon Museum took place at the Elcot near Newbury, Berkshire at the end of October and was really well attended. The BBM&L were lucky to have persuaded Greg and Molly Winker to have cut short their European tour to come and tell us about Early American ballooning. It was […]

The First Hot-Air Balloon 1783

232 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. […]