We are pleased to announce the BBM&L will have a stand at The Midlands Air Festival.

Midlands Air Festival - ​4th to 6th June 2021

Ragley Hall, Alcester, Warwickshire. B49 5NJ

A team of enthusiastic members will inflate a selection of balloons from the collection so put in a request for good weather.

The producers of THE AERONAUTS film have given the BBM&L a number of artefacts used in the film and we have chosen a selection to offer for sale.

So raid your piggy banks and choose an area of wall that needs a unique framed artefact from the most dramatic balloon film ever made !

This is a sand bag used on one of the flights of the gas balloon 'MAMMOTH' with a signed authentication from the balloon's crew chief ( our president!)


These two flags are made of silk/satin and measure about 5 feet long - The W and G standing for Wren and Glaisher who flew the balloon to 36,000 feet ( approximately)

We have secured a number of copies of the book of the true story behind the film and signed by the crew chief. Gripping reading !

If you have not yet seen the film, it is available on Amazon prime.

2021 Inflation Day


Envelopes, Baskets and Burners

In these pages, you can see a small selection of some of the items we have in store, including Envelopes, Baskets, Burners and Gondolas. Explore the Envelopes gallery, which has a detailed history of each item in the collection.


Our photo collection

A selection of images from our extensive photographic collection. The Museum has an amazing collections of black and white photographs dating back to the 1800s and early 1900s.


Books, magazines and memorabilia

A selection of the books and magazines contained in our collection. The BBM&L is pleased to accept donations of balloon literature of any kind.



Looking ahead to October,  we have arranged to hold the AGM at The Donnington Grove Hotel, Newbury followed by the nearly-annual luncheon.

We look forward to seeing you all there and details will follow about the speaker, raffle and auction!

11am Sunday 31st October 2021.  Donnington Grove Hotel.

This Day In History

1979 Hans-Peter Strelzyk, with co-pilot Gunter Wetzel escaped from East Germany flying a home made hot air balloon. Hans-Peter's passengers were his wife and 2 children, and Gunter's wife and 2 children. They took off from Oberlemnitz in East Germany, and successfully flew over the border ro S.Lichtenberg in West Germany. A flight which might have only last 28minutes and on a 16km distance, but it was their break for freedom into the West. Source: Buoyant Flight
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