Michael Beetham Conservation Centre
The Michael Beetham Conservation Centre is responsible for aircraft and artefacts in the Museum and those on loan. A world centre of excellence, its primary function includes conservation, restoration and the movement or suspension of aircraft or large exhibits.
Carried out by some 20 professional technicians and apprentices, the work is ably supported by dedicated and trained volunteers. Past and present projects include the recently completed Sopwith Dolphin, a Vickers Wellington Mk10B bomber, a rare Handley Page Hampden TB and the recovered German Dornier 17Z Light/Fast Bomber.
Every project is a challenge, a journey back through time, utilising old or forgotten skills to repair, restore or replicate the original. Such skills were becoming lost, but the Museum has, through the dedication of the MBCC, rejuvenated and retained many through innovative and award-winning schemes. Currently employing 7 male and female aircraft-trade apprentices, the MBCC became the National Apprentice Employer of the Year 2010. Further accolades include the Shropshire Business Awards - Apprentice of the Year 2012, awarded to Nathan Pugh.
The MBCC is a fascinating place, full of atmosphere, dedication and a passion for preserving our National aviation heritage. Not normally open to the public, the MBCC does however open its doors for one week each year (normally November) – please see the What’s Going On section for dates and times. We hope you’ll join us soon, to see and feel history working at its best.