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Other Useful Information about Jet Age Museum

Admission

There is no charge for admission to the Museum site, to the building or any exhibits, but donations to help meet our running costs and to fund our future expansion plans are most definitely welcome!  There are donation boxes located around the Museum building.  If you are a UK tax payer, please complete a gift aid form if you can as this will allow the Museum to claim gift aid from HMRC and boost your contribution to Museum funds by 25%. 

Aircraft and other Artefacts

Our main collection of aircraft, engines, some projects in progress and other smaller exhibits can be found in the Display Hall.  Interpretation boards are placed throughout the Museum to explain the story of aviation in Gloucestershire.  We are constantly making changes and improvements to our displays.  Our collection is too large for all exhibits to be accommodated in the Display Hall although we have plans for more covered space in the future.  Aircraft and other large artefacts, some awaiting restoration work, are of necessity stored in the open.  

Audio Visual Display

A DVD viewing area showing a film about the life of Sir Frank Whittle, the British pioneer of jet engine powered flight, is shown in this area.  Running time is approximately 90 minutes.  Other films may be shown from time to time.  Seating is provided.   

Baby Change

A baby change table is available in the disabled toilet.  If the table obstructs the use of the disabled facilities please contact Reception and the table will be moved.

Children's Activities

A treasure hunt for younger children is available.  Please ask the volunteer at the desk opposite the shop.  

Comments and Suggestions

At Reception you will find the Museum’s Visitors’ Book and a Suggestions Box.  Please feel free to record any comments in the book or complete and post a suggestion form in the box.    

Display Hall Heating

Please note that the Display Hall is not heated and can be quite cold during the winter period.  Coats, hats and gloves inside the Display Hall are recommended in cold weather.

Dogs

Only accredited Assistance Dogs are permitted in the Museum buildings.  Other dogs are welcome in the grounds, including the picnic area, but must be kept on a lead at all times due to the proximity of the active runways at the airport.  Dog water bowls can be provided outside the main entrance. 

Languages

If English is not your first language, we have some volunteer guides with language skills who may be available to assist during your visit.  As an all-volunteer run Museum, we cannot guarantee such assistance, but please contact the volunteer Museum Manager in advance and we will do our best to help.   

Photography

Visitors are welcome to take photographs at the Museum for private use.  Please contact the Museum if you wish to take images for commercial purposes. 

Picnic Area

There is an outside grass picnic area with tables overlooking the airport runways which is accessed initially by a paved, then ash, path.  You are welcome to bring your own picnic.  There is a grass viewing mound next to the picnic area giving an excellent view of aircraft taking off and landing. 

Public Toilets

Public toilets, including disabled facilities, are located to the right off the Reception area.  The toilets are heated in winter. 

Volunteer Guides

If you require any assistance or information during your visit please ask any member of the volunteer guide team.  They will be wearing Jet Age Hi Vis jackets and name tags.   

Volunteer Duty Manager

There is a volunteer Duty Manager in the Museum during opening hours.  If you wish to discuss any matters with the Duty Manager, please ask at Reception.  

Wheelchair

The Museum has one wheelchair, available for loan, which can be requested free of charge from Reception.  Booking in advance is recommended.   

Further information before your Visit

If you require any further information before your visit, please contact the Museum Manager through our Contact page on the website or via our e-mail address.  These messages are reviewed daily and a response will be provided as soon as possible.  Messages can be left on the Museum’s answer phone outside normal opening hours, but as the Museum is not normally open on weekdays, phone messages may not be acknowledged for several days.