Brooklands Museum in Surrey has been nominated for world’s biggest museum award, the Art Fund Museum of the Year 2018. Brooklands was home to the Vickers-Armstrongs aircraft factory, and was where Barnes Wallis worked for much of his career. The museum has many Wallis-related exhibits, including the unique Stratosphere Chamber, a Wellington bomber and many examples of his bombs.
Supported by Art Fund, the £100,000 prize is designed to get to the heart of what makes a truly outstanding museum, seeking out innovation and exceptional achievement in museums and galleries all across the UK, and working to encourage more people to visit. The winning museum will be announced before an invited audience of leading figures from the fields of culture and museums, on Thursday 5th July 2018 at the V&A Museum in London.
Brooklands’ nomination marks the culmination of one of the Museum’s most important periods in its 27 year history, with a spectacular transformation of the site in 2017 delivering extraordinary new exhibitions that tell the story of one of the most important sites in British motorsport, aviation and engineering.
In 2017, Brooklands unveiled three outstanding projects: The Brooklands Aircraft Factory, the Flight Shed and the restoration of it historic Finishing Straight.
Visit the Brooklands Museum website for more information on the nomination.