Local history to feature in new exhibit

PUBLISHED: 11:00 22 October 2015

The Helicopter Museum

The Helicopter Museum

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THE renovation of a Weston-super-Mare museum is well underway, with new artefacts collected and historical research carried out to stock the new exhibition.

The derelict 1930s control tower and pilots’ block at the Helicopter Museum is being refurbished, thanks to a £138,000 grant from the Coastal Community Fund. Once the building is complete it will be used to display exhibitions relating to the history of aviation.

The museum in Locking Moor Road hosted a research afternoon and asked people who worked at Westland Helicopters, Bristol Aerojet and RAF Locking to share their stories over a cup of tea. Some people will also be interviewed later by the project manager Alison Page.

Memorabilia, photographs and artefacts were also donated for display in the museum, which is due to open in late 2016.

Ms Page said: “The afternoon saw history being retained for our next generation.

“If anyone has aviation history to share, or wishes to offer time to the renovation project, please call me on 07341 836097.”

The museum, which is a registered charity, is also seeking donations of material for the renovation, particularly paint, plaster and a skip.

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