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British Motor Museum re-opens its doors

The Gaydon British Motor Museum has been revamped, with a whole lot more to see

After a long period of refurbishment, the British Motor Museum has re-opened with a number of significant improvements. 

The updated museum has undergone significant improvement since it was closed in November and rebranded British Motor Museum, losing the old British Motor Centre name. The main museum area has undergone the most striking change, utilising a £1.1m investment from the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust. This has seen a complete transformation to the museum, starting with an introductory gallery in the new visitor entrance, which flows into a revamped display area split into themed zones, including movie cars, prototypes and sports cars.

Many are on raised plinths, including a series of Land Rovers on an all-terrain ‘mountain’ and some life-size matchbox style cars. The visitor experience is more interactive and immersive, and visitors can now stroll along the Time Road, with touch screens providing interactive story telling.

The second part of the expansion project is the all-new Collections Centre, which houses 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.

Fans of the old Gaydon museum will be glad to see while there are many exciting new additions from Jaguar, such as D-types and the Jaguar XKR from Die Another Day, a lot of the prototype and one-off cars from the BMC and British Leyland era are still in place at the museum. Take a look through the images in the gallery above to get a feel for the new world-class museum, which re-opened to the public on 13 February.

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