Today's opening times: 9:00am to 6:00pm
On Saturday the 26th of September, the Regent Arcade and Deputy Lord Lieutenant AVM Professor Tony Mason presented the Bronze Model of the E28/39, which had previously been displayed on the Regent Arcade mall, to the Jet Age Museum on a long-term loan. The model has spent 30 years in the Centre but the building's management decided it should be seen by a wider audience and sits alongside the full-size Gloster E28 replica at the museum.
The Regent Arcade has an important historical connection in Gloucestershire with the development of the Proto-Type Whittle Engine for the E28, designed by Sir Frank Whittle. During WW2, the works on the Engine was moved to a site in Cheltenham called Regent Motors, which is now where the Regent Arcade stands.
Powered by Whittle’s revolutionary invention, the Gloster E28/39 first left the ground on 8 April 1941 at the Gloster factory-airfield between Gloucester and Cheltenham.
A bronze model was commissioned by the Regent Arcade for the official opening of the Centre by HRH The Princess Royal in 1985 to commemorate the link with the Regent Garage (once stood on site now occupied by the Regent Arcade) and the Gloster airplane.
The task was undertaken free of charge by the Dowty Group. Personnel Director at the time the late Ken Browning was very committed to giving his apprentices challenging projects that would both interest them and develop their skills. The Gloster model was one of 3 such community projects he involved the 1st year apprentices in during the 1980s.
The Jet Age Museum, located at the Meteor Park near Staverton Airport, opened in its present purpose built premises on 24 August 2013 to honour Britain’s first jet plane the Gloster E28/39 after a major fund raising initiative carried out by its trustees and members over many years.
The Museum has free admission and relies solely on donations and volunteers.
The original Gloster E28 can be seen in London’s Science Museum but you can also found a full-size replica model constructed by the volunteers at the Jet Age Museum, proudly on display in the main hall.
The Regent Arcade began a relationship with The Jet Age Museum in 2014 and offered to loan the Bronze E28 Model (which was formerly displayed on the Regent Arcade mall) on a long-term basis.
The Jet Age Museum accepted, and AM Building Solutions along with Regent Arcade staff refurbished the model for the loan. During the refurbishment, The Regent Arcade and Jet Age Museum loved the model without its glass casing as it emphasised the motion of the aircraft. Whilst the E28 itself remains the same, the Model now stands proudly on a new base, with a new plaque and is suitably located next to The Jet Age Museum’s full size E28 replica.
During talks of the E28 Model the Jet Age Musuem informed the Regent Arcade of their expansion on their education offer. With the aid of Regent Arcade a schools visit programme following the Key stage 2 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and History National curriculum for up to 11 year olds has been launched this year as part of the museum’s aim to inspire the future generation in engineering and historical aviation.