History and heritage

Montage of images representing BA's past.

Celebrating more than 90 years of flying with pride

Welcome to the British Airways Heritage Collection.

British Airways celebrated its 90th anniversary on 25 August 2009. To mark the occasion, the British Airways Heritage website was launched on ba.com.

Heritage Collection

The British Airways Heritage Collection has existed since the formation of British Airways. It was formed to preserve the records and artefacts of British Airways' predecessor companies BOAC, BEA, BSAA and the pre-war Imperial Airways Limited as well as British Airways Ltd.

The collection comprises an extensive document archive recording the formation, development and operations of these companies and British Airways as well as memorabilia and artefacts.

Over 400 uniforms from the 1930s to the present day are preserved, as well as a large collection of aircraft models.

A historically important library of thousands of photographs is also available as well as probably the most complete set of aviation posters in the UK.

Many of the photographs and posters from the collection are now available to view in our website galleries. Copies of these photographs and posters are also available to purchase.

Find out more about our history

Visit the photograph gallery

Visit the poster gallery

Purchase information

Heritage Centre

The British Airways Heritage Centre situated within British Airways Waterside Corporate Headquarters is manned by volunteers whose dedication, together with the generosity of donations of artefacts from many staff and former colleagues, has built the collection to what it is today.

The Heritage Centre is open for visitors and we look forward to welcoming you to see our collection. We welcome information, guidance and advice on the collection, particularly first-hand experiences from those who have played some part in our history.

Visit the British Airways Heritage Centre