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Huge expansion announced for Gaydon Heritage Motor Centre

A multi-milloion pound investment in the Gaydon Heritage Motor Centre, now re-branded British Motor Museum, has been announced at the NEC Classic Motor Show

The Heritage Motor Centre has announced more details of its expansion, along with a name change to the British Motor Museum to reflect the improvements and its new Arts Council ‘Designated’ status, which confirms the national and international significance of its collections.

There are two distinct projects underway, the first to the main museum area, utilising a £1.1 million investment from the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust. This will see a complete transformation to the museum, starting with an introductory gallery in the new visitor entrance, which will then flow into a revamped display area split into themed zones, including movie cars, prototypes and sports cars.

Some of the cars will be displayed on plinths but the museum staff are keen to point out that the current ethos of allowing visitors to get close to the exhibits won’t change, and the new ‘Time Road’ display will allow visitors to look under open bonnets and to try out new interactive exhibits.

The second part of the expansion project is the all-new Collections Centre, which will store around 250 vehicles from the reserve collections of the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust and the Jaguar Heritage Trust. The £4m cost of this has been supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Jaguar Land Rover and the Garfield Weston Foundation, as well as the trusts already mentioned. Tours of the new Collections Centre and the museum workshops will be included within the museum price.

The museum will be closed from November 30 for the final stages of the revamp until its grand reopening on Saturday 13 February 2016. More information on www.britishmuseum.co.uk.

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