Museum Collections Centre
The Museum Collections Centre is a new building, separate to the main Museum that will house the cars, which we don’t have room to show in the museum, together with the reserve car collection of our project partner, the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust. It will allow the public access to view these entire collections for the first time and also be the place where our cars are looked after, with a fantastic new workshop facility.
The project is one of the most ambitious undertaken at the Heritage Motor Centre since it opened in 1993. Costing over £4 million, the Museum Collections Centre is funded by a £1.4 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, together with generous gifts from our two main sponsors, Jaguar Land Rover and the Garfield Weston Foundation, as well as money from both Trusts.
The diggers arrived in February and the Museum Collections Centre is now underway. You can keep up to date with how the building work is coming along by looking at our MCC Blog and watching our MCC Cam – a time-lapse video of the project.
Inside the new building there will be nearly 250 cars; the same mix of interesting and unusual motor cars that are in the museum, from some of the oldest British cars, to sports cars and one-off prototypes, some of which have been rarely on display to the public before. There will also be a wide selection of models from the world’s most comprehensive public collection of Jaguars and Daimlers.
A new workshop for the Trusts’ skilled technicians is also an important part of the building and you will be able to watch as they carry out the busy daily task of looking after such large and varied collections.
In all, it will be a really different way of seeing our collections and a chance for you to get behind the scenes and experience how a large museum ticks.
How will I be able to visit?
The Museum Collections Centre will be open to the public every day and is included in the general admission ticket to the Heritage Motor Centre. You will be able to explore the Centre by joining a guided tour led by one of our expert volunteer guides.
We’ll also be organising special events inside the Centre, from family activities, to oral history sessions and technical workshops. There will be specialist tours for you to join, too.
We’ve also started work on the MCC’s opening exhibition ‘Car Stories’ which explores the human stories relating to cars. Find out more about this exciting project that involves reaching out to local people and community groups, as well as information about the artist creating it. Click here.
When will it open?
The project is due to be completed in Autumn 2015. You can keep up to date with how the building work is coming along by looking at our MCC Blog and watching our MCC Cam.
Can I get involved?
The Museum Collections Centre will be open with the assistance of our enthusiastic volunteer group. They’ve already spent nearly two years helping us prepare for our new venture. If you are interested in getting involved as a guide or helping out with events in the new Centre, take a look at our Volunteering page.