Brooklands Stories

Tales from Brooklands: Prince Bira This Tales from Brooklands explores the story of racing driver Prince Birabongse, regular Brooklands competitor and Grand Prix driver.

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Tales from Brooklands: Margaret Allan In this Tales from Brooklands, volunteer Peter Kearns explore the story of successful Brooklands racing driver Margaret Allan

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Tales from Brooklands: Dorothy Levitt Our next Tales from Brooklands is by guest author Rachel Harris-Gardiner, motorsport journalist and editor of Speedqueens women's motorsport blog. She's sharing the story of pioneering female motorist…

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Tales from Brooklands: Sir George Edwards In this Tales from Brooklands, volunteer Peter Kearns is sharing the story of aircraft designer, Managing Director and Chairman of BAC, Sir George Edwards.

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Tales from Brooklands: Sir Thomas Sopwith In our next Tales from Brooklands, volunteer Peter Kearns is sharing the story of aviation pioneer Sir Thomas Octave Murdoch Sopwith.

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Tales from Brooklands: John Rhodes Cobb In our next Tales from Brooklands, volunteer Peter Kearns is sharing the story of Brooklands racer and 3 times World Land Speed Record breaker John Cobb, who set the ultimate Brooklands outer-lap…

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Tales from Brooklands: Frank Halford In our next Tales from Brooklands, volunteer James Thorne explores the story of Frank Halford, engineer extraordinaire and competitor in the first British Grand Prix.

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Grand Prix 95: Journey to Brooklands This year we celebrate the 95th anniversary of the first British Grand Prix, which was held here at Brooklands on 7th August 1926. Volunteer Peter Kearns explores how Grand Prix racing came to…

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Tales from Brooklands: Arthur Whitten Brown In our next Tales from Brooklands, volunteer Peter Kearns is sharing the story of navigator and engineer Sir Arthur Whitten Brown, who navigated the first non-stop transatlantic flight alongside pilot…

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Tales from Brooklands: Reid Railton In our next Tales from Brooklands, volunteer Peter Kearns is sharing the story of engineer and record-breaking car design Reid Railton.

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Tales from Brooklands: Jessie Ennis This Tales from Brooklands by volunteer Peter Kearns explores the life of motorcycle racer and stunt performer Jessie Ennis

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Tales from Brooklands: Florence Blenkiron In our next Tales from Brooklands volunteer Mike Forbes is sharing the story of motorcyclist Florence Blenkiron

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Tales of Brooklands: Sir Malcolm Campbell In our next Tales of Brooklands, volunteer Peter Kearns is sharing the story of Brooklands motor racing legend Sir Malcolm Campbell

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Tales from Brooklands: Kay Petre In our next Tales of Brooklands, Volunteer Peter Kearns share the story of Brooklands legend Kay Petre

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Tales from Brooklands: Barbara Cartland In our next Tales of Brooklands, volunteer Peter Kearns is sharing the story of Dame Barbara Cartland. Best known for her writing, Barbara Cartland was also an aviator, county councillor and supporter…

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Tales from Brooklands: Sir Edwin Alliott Verdon-Roe In our next tales of Brooklands, volunteer Peter Kearns is sharing the story of pioneering aviator Sir Edwin Alliott Verdon-Roe.

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Tales of Brooklands: Hilda Hewlett Brooklands Museum volunteer Peter Kearns shares the tale of pilot and aircraft manufacturer Hilda Hewlett

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LGBTQ at Brooklands: Hugh Hunter This month we are exploring and celebrating the LGBTQ+ stories of Brooklands for LGBT History Month. This week we’re looking at Hugh Hunter, who was an avid motorsport fan, collecting memorabilia,…

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LGBTQ at Brooklands: Roberta Cowell Join us this month as we explore and celebrate the LGBTQ+ stories of Brooklands for LGBT History Month. This week we’re looking at Roberta Cowell, the UK’s first woman to undergo transgender surgery,…

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LGBTQ at Brooklands: Janet Gulland Join us over the next few weeks as we explore and celebrate the LGBTQ+ stories of Brooklands for LGTB History Month.

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Tales from Brooklands: Major R.C.Empson In our next Tales from Brooklands volunteer Stuart R McRea shares the story of his Grandfather, motor racer and journalist.

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Tales from Brooklands: Lieutenant John Patton Brooklands Museum volunteer Peter Kearns shares the story of Lieutenant John Patton

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Tales from Brooklands: John Mayall and the Velocipede The first in a new series looking at the stories of the people connected with the Museum exhibits.

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Thirty-five years ago today a ‘monster’ was hoisted from Loch Ness Thirty-five years ago today (September 21), there was frantic activity on the banks of Loch Ness as a ‘monster’ was hoisted from its depths.

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Remembering the 88: a timeline of the 4th September 1940 Air Raid Today marks the 80th anniversary of the devastating 4th September 1940 air raid on Brooklands. To chart the day’s events we have put together a timeline.

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