Museum Collections Centre
We are extremely pleased to announce that we have now been awarded a Round Two grant of £1.45 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the Museum Collections Centre project. The award is the culmination of more than two years’ work to develop plans for the new building in which we’ll store and display more than 200 historic British cars from the reserve collections of both the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust and its partner, the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust.
The £4 million project received initial support from HLF in 2011 and its latest grant, together with match funding from Jaguar Land Rover, the Garfield Weston Foundation and both Trusts, means that work on this exciting new project will begin this Summer.
The Museum Collections Centre will enable people to view many cars from the reserve collections of both Trusts for the first time, in a purpose-built facility which will also include a vehicle restoration and conservation workshop and space for enhanced lifelong learning programmes. In addition, the project will include an ambitious programme of activities which aim to involve people locally and regionally through outreach and learning events.
The project will also allow the further development of the Trust’s existing volunteer programme which gets people more involved with the collection, helping with its conservation and interpretation. To learn more about the work of our existing volunteers, visit their blog.
Once complete, the building will be open every day for you to look inside and a new group of tour guides will be available to give you a closer look behind the scenes, by appointment or on special open days. You’ll also be able to see how the Trust’s Workshop staff look after the collection when it’s not on display.
Tim Bryan, Head of Collections & Interpretation at the Heritage Motor Centre said: “We are delighted that, with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, Jaguar Land Rover and our other partners, this exciting project will become a reality. It will allow us to make our collections far more accessible and will enable people to learn more about the motor industry, which has played such an important role in the West Midlands”.
Reyahn King, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund for the West Midlands said: “We are delighted to support this project that not only provides a new and improved display and storage venue for these historic cars, but also creates opportunities for more people to learn about their conservation.”