The British Motor Industry Heritage Trust, based at the Heritage Motor Centre at Gaydon, has been awarded a Round Two grant of £1.45 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for its Museum Collections Centre project. The award is the culmination of two years work to develop plans for a new building in which to store and display more than two hundred historic British cars from the 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 the latest grant, together with match funding from Jaguar Land Rover, The Garfield Weston Foundation and both Trusts, will enable work on the new project to begin in the spring of 2014.
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 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 an improved venue for these historic cars, but also creates opportunities for more people to learn about their conservation."