At around 11.00pm last evening (27/08) the inner foyer of the National Motorcycle Museum in Solihull was broken into and a large amount of the Museum’s trophies & TT replicas stolen.

Each of the Museums trophy cabinets was smashed causing substantial damage to the displays.

Many of the trophies and TT replicas have little “scrap” value but are unique and irreplaceable as part of this countries Motorcycling Heritage.

Because of the historical importance of these trophies the National Motorcycle Museum will be offering a substantial award of £20,000 for information which leads to the safe recovery of these important artefacts.

Anyone with any relevant information is asked to contact West Midlands Police or the National Motorcycle Museum on 01675 443311 or e-mail Museum Director James Hewing  

The Museum has re-opened as normal this morning.




The date of the STICK (Scottish Transport & Industrial Collections SSN) Annual Conference has been confirmed as 18 October 2014.

Titled ‘The Scottish Diaspora:International Mobility of Industry, Technology, Ideas, Products, People’ the conference will be held at the McManus Collections Unit, Dundee
Speakers & topics will include:

Mark Watson, Historic Scotland, ‘Dundee Jute and the French Connection’
Dr Douglas Harper, ‘Bridges in Nepal: The Aberdeenshire Connection’
John Martin, ‘The Brewing Archive, Scottish Brewing: International Links’
Dr Miles Oglethorpe, Historic Scotland, ‘Glasgow Cranes: the Japanese Connection’
Meg Luckins, ‘Scottish Ironworking: the Russian Connection’

Refreshments, including a light lunch, will be served.
Ticket price: £12, payable on the day. Places must be booked in advance.
For further information contact:

Collections Trust holding “Going Digital” Conference on 17 November

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Going Digital Conference

[Update:  Delegate booking and sponsorship sales open for the Collections Trust’s Going Digital Conference. More info here and for tickets going-digital-conference/delegate-booking )


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Part of the Collections Trust’s Going Digital Programme, this major one-day conference is specifically designed for those responsible for developing, managing and sharing museum collections with the public. It will help you build organisational resilience in your museums by improving the basic use of computers and the Internet.

The Going Digital Conference will be presented in partnership with Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums at The Great North Museum, Newcastle upon Tyne on Monday 17 November 2014. The event is supported by Arts Council England.

The conference programme is currently under development, and it will clearly identify the practical skills needed to “go digital”. Case Studies will show just how much can be achieved on a limited budget!

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