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 […]

Inflation Day 2010 a Resounding Success

Good-Day to you All, And what a GOOD day it was for the BBM&L on Saturday 15th after a VERY successful Inflation Day, hard work, but with in the region of 570 paying people through the gate a record breaker for traditional Inflation Days, that number makes it all the effort worthwhile and rewarding for […]

Lakeside Lodge to host British Balloon Museum & Library Inflation Day

The British Balloon Museum & Library (BBM&L) have never had one of their Inflation Days in Cambridgeshire before. They hold an Inflation Day every two years to ‘air’ the collection of over 100 colourful balloons and to show the public and balloonists, current and ex, how their donations have help save some amazing artefacts. In […]

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 […]