The home of the world’s largest collection of historic British vehicles is re-branding itself, changing from Heritage Motor Centre to the ‘British Motor Museum’, commencing the start of major overhaul works for the museum’s premises. Closing to the public on November 30, with work taking place over the winter months, the new British Motor Museum will open its doors on Saturday February 13.
The British Motor Industry Heritage Trust has provided the renovation budget, an amount totalling £1.1m. The changes and additions will allow museumgoers a more visually exciting experience, tailored to appeal not only to current visitors but also to new audiences who have not yet experienced all Gaydon can offer.
New features include an introductory gallery and new visitor entrance before flowing into new distinctively themed zones, from movie cars to prototypes and rare sports cars.
Enthusiasts and families will be granted a stroll along the Time Road, giving visitors the opportunity to gaze under the bonnet of various special vehicles while enjoying brand-new interactive content. We hope for several Land Rovers throughout!
Jaguar Land Rover is helping to fund the new Collections Centre, where close to 250 vehicles from the reserve collections of the Jaguar Heritage Trust and British Heritage Motor Industry Trust will find a home when not on display, including various significant Land Rover vehicles.
With a number of one-off vehicles, the majority of this collection will never have been seen before by the public. New volunteers will take visitors on a ‘behind-the-scenes’ tour, granting access to the rare cars and allowing sight of the conservation work in progress throughout the various workshops. Entry to this new centre will be included within the normal Museum ticket price.