Terry Barnes and Nigel Price profile a fine institution that’s dedicated to keeping the memory of Avro’s groundbreaking past alive for future generations.

Major parts of locally-built Nimrod MR.2 XV235 outside the museum.
Vulcan B.2 XM603 in its anti-nuclear flash white livery outside the Avro Heritage Museum. (ALL IMAGES MIKE BATTY/ SHARED EARTH PHOTOGRAPHY)

Often when a manufacturer or the military pull out of a long-established site, most of the links to the location’s past go with them. The memories fade and soon all that’s left are a few street names harking back to a company’s products, or a plaque marking a glorious past. Happily, this rather depressing scenario isn’t the case at the former Woodford aerodrome in Greater Manchester. This site’s past is celebrated in style at the Avro Heritage Museum, a centre dedicated to 86 years of aircraft manufacture and assembly.

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