Tuesday, 16 February 2016

VISITING AVRO VULCAN MUSEUM AT WOODFORD

Posting this eventually - a bit too much two many Vulcan posts together.

We visited this lovely new museum the weekend before Christmas on a lovely cold but sunny day, as you will see from the photos. It's not far away but a bit of a faff (is that how you spell it?) as you have to go through lots of airport areas, then village areas with lots of turnings and it's difficult to describe, you just have to try to remember where to turn. It's not far from Manchester Airport but has a Stockport postcode. Poynton is the closest railway station but you actually can't arrive on foot (bike permitted, with helmet and safety jacket)

We were greeted very well by the lovely museum staff. The building is built at the far end of what was the former AVRO Woodford factory, and at the moment because there is house building going on, the site is cordoned off and you must keep within a designated road area to get to the museum.

The exhibits are far too numerous to see all in one go and we will definitely be back and we have joined as friends of the museum. All around the walls are pictures of planes and the time span they were around. There are things hanging up and also bits of planes, like control panels etc, so you can really see what was going on.

One of the highlights of the visit apart from going to see the lovely Vulcan outside, is the cockpit part inside the museum which you can climb up into. It was so very thrilling to climb that yellow ladder and sit in a seat and have access to the controls which are all pullable and turnable (sorry for the grammar but that is what they do). It explains just how complex a Vulcan bomber is, compared to a Lancaster and other bombers just a few years earlier, these are full of electronics.

There is a lovely little cafe, no meals though, it's early days, the coffee is good and so were the biscuits, that's OK by me.

The lovely Vulcan outside has really seen better days and is looking a bit sad but - in March she is going to be cleaned up and painted. I'd love to get my hands on her and be part of this operation. Mother and husband permitting, I might volunteer.

Right, enough of the chat and here are some photos.









This view is from the cafe window upstairs. It's one of my favourites, showing the hills in the distance.

7 comments:

  1. Hi Anne Marie, I think your grammar is excellent. You make the places you visit really come alive. I’ve no idea how to spell faff either, the same with pullable and turnable (my spell checker is jumping up and down and screaming wrong, wrong, wrong but who cares, I know exactly what you mean!)
    You would have such fun cleaning and painting the Vulcan. I think you should volunteer. I'm sure your husband and mother can manage without you for a few hours. It’s time for us girls to have some us time! (There goes that spell checker jumping up and down again)
    Thanks for sharing all the photos; they cheered me up no end on this rather grey day.

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    1. Oh, Barbara, you're so kind. I am going to ring them up tomorrow to put my case to them. I've just had a brief visit to your blog and you have been busy but I only had time to read one post but I will be back.

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  2. I hope you made that phone call, and you are happily painting away right now!!

    I just wanted to thank you for leaving such a lovely comment on my latest blog post. I loved reading about your memories. The white Habitat table will haunt me now – I always wanted one of those.

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  3. Hi Barbara, your post brought it all back to me.

    No, I haven't made a phone call but I was there at Woodford again on Saturday and spoke to one of the volunteers, a female, who was in the same position as me, finding it difficult to commit. She said she would email me when she knew what was going on. She just wanted to do something to spruce the old lady up - even if it was just scrubbing her! So we would be two scrubbers! In the nicest sense of the word.

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  4. Hi Anne Marie, thank you so much for the offer of your photograph. You can mail it to books (at) marchhousebooks (dot) com sorry for the odd-looking email address, but I’ve typed it like that in the hope it will discourage electronic scammers.

    Good on you re speaking to the lady at Woodford, two scrubbers indeed! that made me laugh.

    Hope all is well with you and your family, Barbara x

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  5. Somewhere else I need to get to when I'm up that way! Good luck with your mission to spruce up the old girl, too!

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    1. You really must visit if you are in the area Robyn. I will certainly put a post on here when she's been restored. There is scaffolding around her at the moment and if I can steal (with permission) a photo, showing the size of the scaffolding, I will put it on here. I have registered for restoring duties and paid insurance, it all depends on how my Mother is at the moment.

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