BBM&L Inflation Day a Success

The 12th BBM&L Inflation Day at Lakeside Lodge, Pidley near Huntingdon was a great success. Organised over months by Tim and Martyn Turner, and helped by teams of excellent people, the pilots, crew, BBM&L friends, LAASi members and the public were able to see and be involved in the inflation of 71 different balloons.

Hot-Air Balloons from the Museum collection to be inflated

The British Balloon Museum & Library are hoping to inflate many of their collection of old balloons at Inflation Day on May 19th. A museum that displays its collections for one day every seven hundred days is unusual, but has to be seen to be believed. Special shapes, unusual logos and balloons which have broken records or flown in big films.

2012 BBM&L Inflation Day – register now

The British Balloon Museum & Library (BBM&L) hold an Inflation Day every two years to inflate balloons from their collection. The event is at Lakeside Lodge, Pidley.

BBM&L AGM & Luncheon Report

Once again the BBM&L AGM and Annual Luncheon at the Elcot Hotel near Newbury was a very successful event, not only a very sociable one but financially beneficial for the Museum – all due to the generosity of the Friends of the Museum and appreciation to Jenni for setting it all up.

2012 Balloon Calendar

The British Balloon Museum & Library have just released their 2012 Calendar. The designer searched the Museum’s extensive archives, and each picture he chose our skilled Archivist was able to tell a story about it. This ballooning calendar is not just a place to write notes and birthdays, but almost like a small history book […]

Exciting New Ballooning Exhibition at Cameron Balloons Ltd

On 1 April 2011 staff and guests gathered at the Cameron factory in Bedminster, Bristol UK, to celebrate the company’s 40th birthday. The British Balloon Museum & Library were invited to create and install a permanent Museum exhibit to mark the occasion. The Boards and display cabinets the museum created, not only tell of the […]

Anne Lewis-Smith 1925-2011

Anne Lewis-Smith, who passed away at home on May 11th aged 86, was an inspiration to and loved by so many. She was most widely known for her prolific poetry, prose writing and journalism, as well as being a leading figure in the ballooning world and passionate about the British Balloon Museum & Library. An […]

Balloon Museum Acquisitions 2010

The British Balloon Museum & Library have had some superb acquisitions during 2010. Many books, burners, trophies and flown stamps have joined the collections, but also there were a great number of acquisitions of envelopes. One balloon of particular interest was ‘Holiday’ N1001P, donated by well known balloonist Don Piccard from the United States. This […]

BBM&L AGM & Annual Luncheon

The British Balloon Museum & Library AGM and annual luncheon was held at our regular venue The Elcot Hotel, near Newbury, Berkshire on 31st October. Nearly 70 Friends of the Museum were able to attend. At the AGM, chaired by Richard d’Alton, the treasurer Bill Teasdale announced his intention to stand down at the next […]

BBM&L 2011 Balloon Calendar

The 2011 British Balloon Museum & Library Calendar is now for sale. If you want a Hot Air Balloon Calendar or just a calendar with both gas and hot air balloons, this is the one to get. For the cover of the 2011 calendar, the BBM&L have used gas balloon photographs. Inside, each month has […]