World History Made Locally

Whether it's world firsts or world fastests, discover how local pioneers changed the world, from Brooklands, Weybridge. 

Imagine a place where people could go and just create and test - build cars and see how fast they would go, build a plane and see if it would take off into the sky. A place with a social scene more desirable than Wimbledon or Ascot, where the roar from the engines thundered under your feet and pioneers tested flying machines above your head.

Brooklands was the hub of innovation and adventure. On the site of the World’s first purpose-built race track (and first British Grand Prix!), Brooklands was established as the home of British Motorsport and Aviation by extraordinary local people. John Cobb, famed for setting the land speed record of 134mph – he was from Esher. Barnes Wallis, the man that invented the Stratosphere Chamber and Bouncing Bombs – he was from Byfleet. And the supersonic bird of the sky Concorde, you guessed it – conceived and mostly built in Weybridge.

We’ve got lots more stories like this.


This winter, wrap up warm and discover for yourself how Brooklands changed the world and be a part of our story. Anyone from a KT12, KT13, KT14, KT15, KT16 or TW18 postcode can claim a complimentary hot drink when they next visit.

Simply bring the leaflet that was delivered to your home, a copy of our World History Made Locally advert from a local magazine, or proof of address with you when you next visit and show the friendly team in the Sunbeam Cafe to get your drink. (Maximum two drinks per household, includes Members. Ends 28.02.2022. Normal Museum admission applies).


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