53rd Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett Gas balloon race

At 12:00 today the 53rd Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett, the famous international FAI aeronautical gas balloon race named after the US Media tycoon James Gordon Bennett, came to a fantastic close with the final landing of the 16th competitor in Portelas / Portugal, barely 20 km from the most western tip of the European Continent, […]

BBM&L join English Heritage’s ‘Festival of Life’

The Festival of History was held at Kelmarsh Hall in Northamptonshire in July. This was a real extravaganza of History. Every era of English history was represented, and battles re-enacted from throughout the ages. There were over 2,000 participants all in costumes of different times. The enormous site was just one big tent city with […]

35 Balloons inflated and flown at West Woodhay

British Balloon Museum & Library balloons were brought out of storage and puffed up for the public, alongside many privately owned balloons which had been brought along. They were all to act as a backdrop for the West Woodhay House Garden Show. The weather forecast looked great. 2-3 knots all weekend, but it was not […]

BBM&L Trailer seen for the first time

The West Woodhay Garden Show and Balloon Event was the launching of the new BBM&L Trailer. The weekend of the 20th-21st June was the West Woodhay Garden Show and Balloon Event in West Berkshire. The museum had been asked to provide a backdrop to the show by inflating old balloons from the collection, and local […]

British Balloon & Airship Club AGM

The British Balloon & Airship Club (BBAC) AGM was held on 15th March at the NFU Headquarters in Stratford upon Avon in Warwickshire. The BBM&L stand at the AGM created a lot of interest. Large photographs of Caroline and Andrew Gibson’s balloon tethers at the Manchester Museum of Science and Technology, plus an article on […]

‘Dreams of Flight’ at the Manchester Museum of Science & Industry

Earlier this year, Nick Forder, Curator for the Air & Space Hall at The Manchester Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI), invited the BBM&L, through Caroline and Andrew Gibson, to take part in their February half term ‘Dreams of Flight’ programme of events. The event was to be part of a free programme of family […]

The BBM&L’s AGM and Luncheon was a great success

Richard d’Alton chaired his first AGM to a full house, and Colin and Rosemary Mudie captivated the BBM&L’s luncheon attendees with the story of their attempt to fly the Atlantic, East to West, in a home made balloon 50 years ago. The British Balloon Museum & Library held their AGM at the Elcot Ramada Hotel […]

2008 Gordon Bennett Race Results Finalized

It’s official – British adventurer David-Hempleman-Adams and co-pilot Jonathan Mason have won the 52nd Coupe Aeronautique Gordon Bennett. It is the first time in the history of the race that a British team has claimed victory. Austria’s Gerald Stuerzlinger and Helmut Meierhofer finished second, and Barbara Fricke and Peter Cuneo of the US finished third. […]

Museum crisis leaves balloon display homeless

Balloonists looking for new home for national collection just months after exhibition was reopened By Liam Sloan, Reporter http://www.newburytoday.co.uk Bosses at West Berkshire Museum say they have no plans to leave the Wharf, even though the building remains closed and dozens of exhibits are sitting in cold storage. Parts of the museum failed to reopen […]

Inflation Day 2008

Inflation Day 2008 was blessed by dry conditions and fairly light winds, and several local and rarely seen balloons ventured out for an airing. As with most events, we would like thank a number of organisations and indivduals – the owners of Kirkby Lonsdale Rugby Club for allowing us to use their superb site, LAAS […]