Boeing; Royal Museums Greenwich; Evergreen Exhibitions, and NASA have joined forces to open Above and Beyond, an interactive flight exhibition at the National Maritime Museum exploring the wonder of flight and the marvels of aerospace innovation, design, and technology.
Aimed at 7 to 14 year-olds, Above and Beyond seeks to inspire the next generation of British engineers, pilots and crew to ensure the UK remains at the forefront of global aerospace innovation.
The groundbreaking exhibition explores the wonder of flight and the marvels of aerospace innovation, design, and technology using fully immersive experiences to explore the impact of aerospace in our world – and beyond.
The UK is the third largest source of supply for Boeing after the US and Japan, and has the second largest aerospace industry after the US. London is the first European stop for the travelling exhibition after welcoming more than 5 million visitors so far at museums in the US and the Middle East.
President of Boeing Europe and managing director Boeing UK & Ireland, Sir Michael Arthur explained: “Boeing marks its centenary in July this year and we look to the future at Above and Beyond, seeking to inspire the next generation in the UK to choose our sector for their future careers.
“Furthermore, we’re delighted to extend the relationship with the museum through an additional education partnership so that this inspiration remains in Greenwich long after Above and Beyond has moved on to its next stops around the world.”
The exhibition opens to the public on Friday May 27 in Greenwich, and remains open throughout the summer before closing on August 29. Admission is free for school groups participating in the museum’s wider learning offer.
Director of Collections and Public Engagement at Royal Museums Greenwich, Mike Sarna commented: “Above and Beyond showcases exciting immersive simulations and cutting-edge research from some of the world’s top scientists and engineers.
“As the centre for exploration, time and the stars at Greenwich, this exhibition is a fantastic opportunity for us to inspire young people to choose careers in science and engineering, as well as being a wonderful summer offer for our audiences.”
The Royal Observatory Greenwich science learning programmes – funded by a £230,000 Boeing donation – will take place from September 2016 to March 2019, and include a variety of activities designed to engage young people with space and science. This hopes to complement the aims of Above and Beyond and enable the legacy to continue beyond the exhibition period to a greater number of young people.