Museum celebrate centenary

 

Volunteers at the Jet Age Museum have commemorated the 100th anniversary of the Gloster Aircraft Company by unveiling a ‘time tunnel’ telling the chronological story of one of the County’s most famous businesses, which was founded in 1917.

 

Invited guests and local dignitaries attended the event, with John Whitaker, grandson of GAC founder, A W Martyn, performing the ribbon cutting ceremony.  He was joined by Ian Whittle, son of jet inventor Sir Frank, George Dowty, the son of Sir George, the founder of the aerospace giant Dowty and Ingrid Twissell, the daughter of GAC Chief Designer, Richard Walker.

 

Museum trustee, Darren Lewington said: – “We were privileged to be in such esteemed aviation company.  Their families made an enormous contribution to world aviation and left an indelible mark in Gloucestershire’s history; we are proud to tell their story at the museum.”

 

The museum will present the next in its series of illustrated talks at the museum on 30th July, with Jim Rendell and John Hamblett giving lectures on H H Martyn & Sons and the ‘Dawn of Aviation’, telling the story of Gloucestershire’s earliest contribution to aerospace manufacture and design.  Admission is free and details can be found on the museum’s website, www.jetagemuseum.org