Get up close to historic Heathrow artefacts and discover how this iconic airport became the UK’s hub for aviation.
‘Heathrow: The Journey’, which opened on 18 April 2018, is a permanent exhibition at the University of West London’s Ealing site on St Mary’s Road.
Admission is free. The exhibition is open daily to students, staff and the public from 10am to 5pm*, including weekends and holiday periods.
Follow Heathrow’s remarkable journey from its humble beginnings over 70 years ago to its current status as one of the world’s biggest transport hubs, serving more than 200 destinations worldwide.
Explore a unique and fascinating history, brought to life by period photos and artefacts dating back to the 1940s and an enticing mix of media, including motion-detection audio, rarely seen video footage and engaging text.
This exciting new addition to our campus was made possible thanks to money raised by National Lottery players via the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and generous donations from Heathrow Airport and the University of West London.
Watch 'Heathrow: The Journey' taking form
This time lapse video shows the construction of the Heathrow Exhibition in the heart of our Ealing site.
The Heathrow Archive
In addition to the Heathrow Exhibition, the University of West London is also home to the Heathrow Archive, a collection of more than 800 artefacts that tell the story of Heathrow’s history from 1946 to 2016. Access to this unique collection, which is open to students, researchers and members of the public, is by appointment only. Learn more about the UWL Archives on the Library website.
Plan your visit
The Heathrow Exhibition is located at:
The University of West London
St Mary’s Road
Our St Mary's Road site has facilities catering to all, including a variety of food and drink outlets you are welcome to use during your visit. Enjoy hot drinks and snacks in our Ily Coffee Bar and Starbucks concession or a hot/cold lunch and soft drinks from our Heart Space canteen. All outlets accept both cash and card payments.
Transport and parking
Please note that no parking is available at our Ealing site, but there are car parks in the area and the campus is also easily accessible by public transport. Find out more about getting to our Ealing site here.
*Please note that our opening times are subject to change. If you are travelling a long way, we recommend contacting the Paul Hamlyn Library at UWL to check that the exhibition will be open.