Re-engineering Brooklands

For more than a century, Brooklands has been associated with engineering and technological achievements of international importance in the fields of motor racing and aviation; for the last 25 years we have kept the spirit of the great pioneers alive in a vibrant, living Brooklands Museum.

In 2017 we embarked on the next chapter of this extraordinary site’s history with the completion of the first stage in our Re-Engineering Brooklands masterplan.

The Brooklands Aircraft Factory and Race Track Revival project

In 2017 Brooklands Museum completed the largest ever development of its remarkable site. The £8 million ‘Brooklands Aircraft Factory and Race Track Revival Project' has transformed the Museum and created a truly inspiring visitor experience.

The project opened a new exciting chapter in the story of the historic site, restoring aspects of the original layout whilst also creating ground-breaking new facilities for the future.

The Bellman Hangar was moved off the Race Track’s Finishing Straight and reinterpreted as the ‘Brooklands Aircraft Factory’, evoking 80 years of aviation design and manufacture at Brooklands and providing an inspiring centre for learning about science and engineering.

Captivating exhibitions on the history of flight and the people who made it happen have been created in the new Flight Shed and a lively programme of activities and events will evoke Brooklands’ heyday on the re-united Finishing Straight.

Explore below to find out more about the project

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The Paddock Scoreboard Project

Completed in July 2017, the 12m tall Scoreboard is an exact working replica of the scoreboard which dominated the pre-war Paddock skyline and features in hundreds of period photographs and film.

With the original Scoreboard having been demolished after the Second World War and no plans available, Brooklands Museum’s staff and contractors had to re-create its design and operating mechanism through painstaking research, including viewing hundreds of photographs and hours of period racing film.

The entire cost of building the new Scoreboard has been met by the Brooklands Trust Members – through individual donations and fundraising activities – and a welcome donation from Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd in tribute to the Aston Martins and Lagondas which saw great success at Brooklands in the 1920s and ‘30s.

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