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 and British Airways Ltd.
The collection comprises of an extensive document archive recording the formation, development and operations of the British Airways and its predecessor companies as well as memorabilia and artefacts.
Over 130 uniforms from the 1930s to the present day are preserved as well as a large collection of aircraft models and pictures.
An historically important collection of thousands of photographs is also available as well as probably the most complete set of aviation posters in the UK.
The photographs and posters are available for sale as reprints at the following prices:
The postage and packing charge to addresses in the United Kingdom is £5, however a discount is available if more than one photograph or image is purchased.
To purchase a photograph or poster please send:
To obtain the cost of postage and packing to an address outside the UK, and for all other questions, please contact the museum (see details below).
The Heritage collection is manned by volunteers whose dedication, together with the generosity of many staff and former colleagues through donations of artefacts, have built the collection to what it is today. We particularly welcome information, guidance and advice on the collection, particularly through first-hand experiences of those who have played some part in our history.
The Collection is located in its new quarters within British Airways' corporate headquarters at Harmondsworth. Visitors are always welcome; however, visits must be pre-arranged via the Heritage Centre team, who will arrange for the necessary visitors’ passes to be issued.
For more information about British Airways' heritage, enquiries about vitising, information about purchasing photographs, posters, or other heritage material, or any other questions, please contact the centre.