MP de­clares mu­seum open

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - News -

A clas­sic car lov­ing MP has cut a rib­bon, launch­ing the Bri­tish Mo­tor Mu­seum into a new era af­ter more than £5 mil­lion of de­vel­op­ments.

‘It’s the start of a bright new fu­ture,’ says South Stafford­shire MP Gavin Wil­liamson MP at the of­fi­fi­fi­cial re-open­ing of the Gay­don venue and un­veil­ing of its new £4m Col­lec­tions Cen­tre build­ing. ‘It’s now one of the world’s best mo­tor mu­se­ums.’

The main mu­seum has un­der­gone a £1.1m makeover and the new cen­tre means 250 fur­ther cars are on dis­play from re­serve col­lec­tions of the Bri­tish Mo­tor In­dus­try Her­itage Trust (BMIHT) and Jaguar Her­itage Trust.

‘This is much more than an ex­pen­sive car store,’ says the MP. It’s ac­ces­si­ble and pub­lic and so for the fi­first time will en­able mu­seum vis­i­tors and re­searchers to see the amaz­ing cars pre­vi­ously not on dis­play.’

The de­vel­op­ments, in­clud­ing a name change from the Her­itage Mo­tor Cen­tre, are de­signed to ce­ment the Bri­tish Mo­tor Mu­seum’s rep­u­ta­tion as a show­case for the world’s largest col­lec­tion of his­toric Bri­tish cars. ‘It makes it an ex­cit­ing vis­i­tor at­trac­tion for the whole of Great Bri­tain,’ adds Wil­liamson.

‘Walk­ing in here to­day makes you re­alise how won­der­ful we are at mak­ing cars, not just in the past but ac­tu­ally to­day.’

Peter Mitchell, who set up the Bri­tish Mo­tor In­dus­try Her­itage Trust and is con­sid­ered the found­ing father of the mu­seum adds: ‘It’s much more pub­lic friendly now which it has to be, even though sadly this has had to mean the loss of the en­gi­neer­ing gallery.’ Nick Larkin

Gavin Wil­liamson MP: ‘Much more than an ex­pen­sive car store.’

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