To coincide with the launch of our Brooklands themed tours, TML Travel Group is offering Group Organisers the opportunity to book a series of talks for their group, club or society.
These talks are given by the founding Director of TML Travel Group, David Arkell, who is also a Volunteer Steward of Brooklands Museum.
Contact Us to book a date or find out more, by clicking on the button below each talk:
Ideal for special interest groups
Brooklands was the world's first purpose-built motor racing circuit, constructed at Weybridge, Surrey in 1907 and was more than a great sporting arena. Brooklands was the birthplace of British motorsport and aviation, home of Concorde and the site of many engineering and technological achievements throughout eight decades of the 20th century. This talk covers the history of Brooklands from 1906 to present day!
DURATION: 50-60 MINUTES
This new talk designed as a spin-off to our original talk and is based on the first hand experiences of Sir George Edwards, OM.
Sir George was very much the dominant force in British civil & military aviation between 1945 and 1975. His name is synonymous with the Vickers Viscount, the worlds first turboprop airliner (which bridged the gap between piston-engined & pure jet aircraft) & Concorde, for which he led the British team throughout the formative years & customer delivery.
This new talk is in two sections & covers the background to Concorde beginning in 1956, then through the formative years of the Concorde Project in the 1960's up to the the first passenger services in 1976 & 77 and the politics encountered along the way!
It briefly touches on the retirement of Concorde in 2003 & the second part of the talk covers the brief life of the Brooklands Concorde G-BBDG (Delta Golf) - the forgotten Concorde - and her involvement in the test programme, which led to the granting of the C of A in December 1975. We then cover her post flying career & subsequent cosmetic restoration at Brooklands & opening to the public in 2006.
DURATION: 55-60 MINUTES
Sir George Edwards was very much a self made man, although his start in life was poor.
He started his career in insurance before taking a job as an engineer at London Docks. His aviation career began at Vickers Weybridge (Brooklands) in 1935 as a Design Draughtsman working under Rex Pierson & Barnes Wallis. From there he progressed through the ranks to become Managing Director of Vickers, then ultimately Chairman & Managing Director of British Aircraft Corporation in the 1960's. He retired from BAC in December 1975 and was thr first Patron of Brooklands Museum from 1987 through until his death in March 2003 at the age of 94.
This talk covers his life from beginning to end.
DURATION: 75 MINUTES
For 30 years Sir George Edwards was very much the dominant force in British civil & military aviation between 1945 and 1975. His name is synonymous with the Vickers Viscount, the worlds first turboprop airliner (which bridged the gap between piston-engined & pure jet aircraft) & Concorde. During his time in the industry he was responsible for a number of other aircraft including the Vanguard, Valiant (the worlds first ever V-bomber), VC-10 & the BAC 1-11. In addition to these he was also responsible for the ill-fated V-1000, whose cancellation he described as the 'biggest blunder of all' and TSR-2.
LAUNCHING - AUGUST 2019
Points to bear in mind when booking these talks: