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Welcome to the Bristol Aero Talks website.

Bristol Aero Talks are a series of talks on aerospace and related high-technology subjects with particular emphasis on the history of the Bristol and surrounding areas.  These talks, for which no admission is charged, are held monthly at BAWA in Filton (click here for information on getting to BAWA).


Bristol Aero Talks are pleased to be able to restart the talks program but in order that the talks are held in as safe an environment as possible it has been decided to move the talks to the Concorde Room at BAWA which, being significantly larger, will allow us to maintain social distancing (click here for information on the rationale for this change).  There are two significant consequences of this change, firstly the talks will now normally be held on a THURSDAY in the Concorde Room at BAWA and secondly as the costs associated with the room rental are significantly higher we are having to ask for an increase in the donation to 3. In the event there is an accrued surplus at the end of the season of talks it will be donated to a good cause such as the Air Ambulance.


Bristol Aero Talks makes use of e-mail as the primary communications medium and to handle matters efficiently a number of e-mail addresses have been set up - please see the Contact Us page for more information including how to receive talk announcements by e-mail.


Bristol Aero Talks have been continuing to monitor the progress of the COVID-19 pandemic and there was an improvement in the situation earlier in the year which we hoped would allow us to continue with the talks program.  However, there has recently been a very significant increase in the rate of infections and hospitalisations notably in the South of England.  In light of these trends we have decided that it will be prudent to cancel the remainder of the current talks program.

Our usual practice has been to hold meetings in the winter months, recognising that many people wish to take advantage of the summer evenings to engage in outdoor activities. Similarly, many potential speakers seem to prefer to avoid summer evenings.  As a result we are not proposing to hold any talks over the May to August period.

We very much regret having to cancel the remaining talks of this "season" but feel it is in the best interest of those who attend the talks.  Hopefully the situation will improve over the coming months and we will be able to restart a normal talks program in the Autumn and we can all get together again.

In light of the above Bristol Aero Talks are currently looking into making more of our earlier talks available for viewing over the Internet and we hope to be able to make an announcement regarding this in the near future.  In the meantime all the existing talks on the website will continue to be available.

Information on the next scheduled talk can be found by clicking Here


Details of the forthcoming talks program may be found by clicking Here


Information on the earlier talks given under the Bristol Aero Talks banner may be found by clicking Here


To access the talks being made available for remote access click Here

External Events

Not an actual event but it was felt that those who interested in the Bristol Aero Talks  would also be interested in an update on the work of The Bristol Britannia Preservation Society who have been working diligently at Kemble to restore the external appearance of the last genuine RAF Britannia aircraft XM496 ‘Regulus’.  It now looks resplendent in its new paint job.  We understand that the Society welcomes members, whether actively working on the machine or more passively as Friends of the aircraft.  Full details are on their website (Click Here) including the dates on which the aircraft can be visited.


Not receiving announcements of talks?

We have been advised that in a few cases the e-mails announcing talks are not being delivered but are instead being trapped by the SPAM filters. We would recommend checking the folder where your ISP sends the e-mails it filters.

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