Make it a home for transport
WITH the fate of Bristol's two most iconic 20th century buildings, the Central Library and the Brabazon Hanger under review, it seems that our city is at a cultural crossroads and the time is right for a measured approach to their future.
The arguments for a school in the basement of the library and an arena in the hangar are compelling but are they what's best for our region?
If the school goes ahead, is this the thin end of a wedge that will ultimately see the end of the use for which the building was designed? and will the re-siting of the arena greatly diminish the chance to re-build Temple and St Philips?
At the very time that Birmingham unveils its new £80 million library housing a substantial Shakespeare collection, why has no-one thought about permanently displaying the great collections within our own library? Bristol played a pivotal role in shaping 19th century English literature and the Central Library bears witness to this.
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And what about the Brabazon hangar? The biggest structure of its kind in the country and the ultimate testimony to Bristol's aero-industry in the 20th Century, it would be a sin not to use it for an International Transport Museum, the very assembly hall which gave birth to all of Britain's Concordes.
The ss Great Britain is a huge hit because she's displayed where she was actually built and the same could be true of Concorde. Surely a museum at Filton, encompassing trams, buses, cars, helicopters and rockets (as well as aircraft and aero-engines) would showcase to the world the talents and great output of our area.