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ISSUU January 2017
Brooklands Museum, Guildford Museum, Godalming Museum, Haslemere Museum, The Lightbox, Watts Gallery

Spotlight on Surrey's Past

Fiona Digby-Jones 17/02/2017 Photographer We are lucky to have a wealth of museums on our doorsteps in Surrey, showcasing a wonderful selection of artefacts and exhibits from days gone by. We’ve been out and about discovering some of the finest. Here’s a look at what we found… The Stratosphere Chamber - Brooklands Museum, WeybridgeAfter the Second World War, work began on researching and developing efficient long range air transport, capable of flying non-stop from the UK to Australia. To achieve this, it would be necessary to build a high altitude and climatic test chamber to simulate atmospheric conditions at 70,000 ft. 36 separate major components were made in Cumbria before being transported to Brooklands for assembly into what became known as the Stratosphere Chamber. Some surprising uses were made of the Chamber including the development of clothing for Antarctic exploration and testing buses for use at 15,000 feet in the Andes. Some explorers even tested themselves in the freezing and rarefied conditions they were likely to encounter.   For more information visit...

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