Brooklands Museum is the home of the world's first racetrack which opened in June 1907. At that time motor engineering was in its infancy and designers wanted a place where they could experiment and innnovate with this exciting new technology. Incredibly, in February 1913, driver Percy Lambert reached a speed of 103.84mph on the track - if you've ever seen a classic car from that era you're probably amazed as I am that they were even capable of those kinds of speeds. A community of racing specialists grew up around Brooklands, which became a hub of innovation in the field of motor racing and later aircraft design and manufacture. Dam buster Barnes Wallis, inventor of the 'Bouncing Bomb', was based there during the Second World War, designing military aircraft for Armstrong-Vickers including the Wellington bomber. The last Wellington bomber to see active service is now on display in the Aircraft Factory at Brooklands Museum (pictured above).
Brooklands commissioned me to work with them on a review of the museum's learning programme. The museum has an incredible collection of objects and stories that human innovation and endeavour in the fields of science and engineering and wanted to put this at the heart of its programme for schools. Since Spring 2021 I've been working with the museum to review its current offer, consult with teachers, staff and volunteers, research curriculum links and development opportunities, and develop a strategy for reshaping its learning programme over the next two years to make the most of its unique stories and collections. The opportunity to set foot on board Concorde during a visit to the museum was an added bonus!