|Object Type:||Promotional Item|
|Object Name:||Weybridge Heritage Years Souvenir|
|Year of Manufacture:||circa 1988|
|Location:||Archive Object Store|
A navy blue card holder with tasselled gold cord securing pages that read:
A souvenir of the Weybridge
Weybridge has a long association with aircraft being home to the famous Brooklands racing track which was also one of Britain's first airfields. During World War I Brooklands closed to motor racing and was requisitioned by the War Office. Vickers Aviation Ltd set up a factory in 1915, and Brooklands soon became a major centre for the construction, testing and supply of military aeroplanes. In World War II, the site was again used for military aircraft production, in particular the Vickers Wellington, Vickers Warwick and Hawker Hurricane. After the war, the circuit was in poor condition and it was sold to Vickers-Armstrongs in 1946 for continued use as an aircraft factory. New aircraft types including the Viking, Valetta, Varsity, Viscount, Vanguard and VC10 were subsequently, designed, manufactured and delivered from there. The huge factory at Brooklands went on to design and build the BAC TSR.2, One-Eleven and major assemblies for Concorde. The cancellation of TSR-2 in 1965 and the disappointing lack of significant orders for VC10s and Concorde saw the factory contract from the early 1970s; it became part of the newly formed British Aerospace in 1977 and finally closed in 1988-89, although BAE Systems still retain a logistics centre there today.