£9.1m boost for silverstone
Flagship circuit to get heritage visitor experience and archive centre
Silverstone’s heritage division has been granted £9.1 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund, laying the groundwork for new exhibitions and an archive.
The Silverstone Heritage Experience will open its doors in spring 2019, featuring a permanent exhibition taking visitors on a two-hour journey through motor racing past, present and future. It will be housed in the only remaining WWII hangar on the site, which will be fully refurbished and re-clad to create an authentic backdrop.
Famous participating cars and faces have yet to be confirmed, but there will be a collections and research centre, offering museum and archive accredited storage for the unique British Racing Drivers’ Club archive and other motor sport collections. There will also be a specialist library and learning space for school groups. A series of themed tours visiting iconic sites around the circuit are also in the planning stages.
Classic car enthusiasts will further benefit from related events held at Silverstone, such as the Silverstone Classic. Event director Nick Wigley says that the heritage experience will be used in conjunction with the Classic. He says: ‘We are delighted that the Silverstone Heritage Experience has been awarded this significant grant. Silverstone has a remarkable history, having hosted the very first round of the FIA Formula 1 World Championship, and, the new Experience will provide those coming to the Classic with yet another appealing dimension to the world’s biggest classic motor racing festival.’
Sally Reynolds, CEO of Silverstone Heritage Limited, adds: ‘We were delighted to hear that our bid has been successful. This means that work on the project can start in the New Year and that the Silverstone Heritage Experience can open to the public in the spring of 2019.’
‘The new experience will add another dimension to the Silverstone Classic’