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British Thomson Houston and Whittle

Marking 80 years since the invention of the jet engine

14 April - 3 June 2017

Rugby has a long and distinguished engineering heritage.  The expertise and innovations created in the factories of British Thomson Houston BTH, Willans Works and Lodge Plugs have influenced everyday life, allowing us to fly in a jet plane, power a ship or start a car.  In April 1937 Frank Whittle tested the first jet engine at BTH works in Leicester Road, Rugby.  To mark 80 years since this historic event we take a look at the museum's social history collection relating to the company.


image of BTH poster

Image: Copyright GE, Social History Collection, Rugby Borough Council