The programme has been announced for the 2018 World Forum for Motor Museums which is being held at the British Motor Museum and Coventry Transport Museum between 3rd and 7th September.
More than 25 speakers from Australia, Belgium, Canada, Germany, New Zealand, the USA and the UK will be sharing their knowledge and expertise in a programme packed with content covering everything from income generation to vehicle conservation and much else. The four themes of resilience and sustainability, collections, engaging audiences and motor museums for the 21st century are illustrated with presentations and debate.
Full details of the programme are now available at wfmm2018.org including information about conference hotels and how to book a place.
The deadline for the ‘Early Bird’ rate for delegate fees has been extended by one week to 6th July – details on the wfmm2018.org web site.
News of a new post being created at the Haynes International Motor Museum at Sparkford:
“An exciting opportunity has arisen at the Haynes International Motor Museum for a Head of Collections and Interpretation to join the Senior Executive Team. The successful candidate will manage the Collections Department and lead the delivery of an ambitious and forward thinking strategy. The role’s responsibilities cover the full spectrum of collections focused activity including the day-to-day management of the collection, collections documentation, conservation, the delivery of education programmes and both temporary and longer term exhibitions & displays. The adoption of sector best practice will be at the heart of this work in preparation for an eventual Accreditation application.”
Further information about the vacancy can be found at: https://www.haynesmotormuseum.com/jobs/head-collections-and-interpretation
Details of a new role at Brooklands Museum:
The Museum is seeking a new Director of Collections, Interpretation and Heritage who is passionate about bringing history alive for people; telling stories of science, engineering, industry and innovation in ways that enthral and excite people of all ages and backgrounds and who wants to play a key leadership role in this growing, ambitious, independent museum.
Brooklands Museum is on the site of the world’s first purpose built motor racing circuit and the most productive aircraft factories in Europe in the twentieth century. Brooklands’ heritage includes themes of inventiveness, adventure, ambition and engineering innovation. The museum is well-known and loved by enthusiasts, and has a growing family audience. Our aim in coming years is to bring out its interest and relevance to the wider public.
It is an exciting time to join the museum. A new CEO started earlier this year, and much of the site will be reinterpreted and developed over the coming years, building on the extremely successful new £8m development of the Brooklands Aircraft Factory and Flight Shed exhibitions, completed last year.
The ideal candidate will have a good knowledge of motor sport and / or aviation collections, with a background in engineering and experience of working collections, as using collections is a key principle of the museum. Experience of working with a large team of enthusiastic, knowledgeable volunteers would be helpful. Crucially, the post holder will be able to lead the development and implementation of a site-wide interpretation plan that will engage visitors with the Brooklands story and bring it to life for a wide-range of types of visitors.
For more information about the post and how to apply please visit https://www.brooklandsmuseum.com/about/work-for-us
The British Motor Museum is organising a free event on Wednesday 7 March, titled ‘The Open Road’: Resilience, Participation and Engagement: learning and sharing good practice’.
The event is a day giving people the chance to see how the Museum has benefited from Arts Council Museum Resilience funding and what it has achieved since 2015.
Beginning with a keynote from Wendy Parry, the Museum’s Relationship Manager at Arts Council England, presentations will include sessions on the introduction and use of costumed interpreters in a museum setting, community engagement activities and lessons learned from the Museum’s lifelong and formal learning programmes as well as how the visitor experience has been enhanced.
Participants will also have the chance to see the Museum and its award-winning displays.
Travel bursaries of up to £100 are available and lunch is provided!
For further information please contact julie.tant@british motormuseum.co.uk
To book a place, visit:
Lord Montagu has handed the keys for a brand new Mini Cooper Convertible to the winner of the National Motor Museum Trust 2017 Prize Draw at Beaulieu.
Jim Manley from Epsom, Surrey, and his wife Wendy were presented with the sporty white soft-top outside the Montagu ancestral home of Palace House. Auto electrician Jim, who bought his winning raffle ticket (number 20808) during a day out visit to Beaulieu, said: “When I got the call to say I had won, I really thought it was a wind-up, and it took a while before the penny dropped! This is absolutely brilliant.
The annual prize draw offers the chance to win a car for a £2 ticket and raises money for the National Motor Museum Trust, a charitable organisation which is dedicated to preserving and promoting motoring history.
For a chance to win the 2018 National Motor Museum Trust Prize Draw, tickets are going on sale at £2 for next year’s car which will be a stylish Fiat 500C TwinAir open-top city car. Runners-up prizes include a tour for three around the New Forest in a car from the museum collection, including a pit-stop at the Beaulieu Chocolate Studio for a demonstration and tasty treats, as well as a seat in a trust car in the 2019 London to Brighton Veteran Car Run. For more information and terms and conditions see www.nationalmotormuseum.org.uk/car_prize_draw.
The Haynes International Motor Museum are offering a 1953 Bristol KSW6B Lowbridge bus for disposal through sale by tender:
First introduced in 1950 the KSW was developed from the ‘K’ chassis, with the other letters representing ‘S’ for short and ‘W’ for wide, to meet the newly permitted dimensions of 27′ x 8′. Its design incorporated a sunken aisle to one side of the upper deck in order to reduce its overall height, thus giving it the ‘Lowbridge’ name. Bristol and Gardner engines were available and classified as KSW6B and KSW6G respectively. Production commenced in 1950 and continued until 1957 by which time the revolutionary Bristol Lodekka made the design obsolete. This example was purchased new by Southern National and operated by them throughout its life. Only tenders from museums or relevant heritage groups will be considered.
For more information about the tender process, additional images or to arrange a viewing of the vehicle please contact Darren Hammond, Collections Director at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01963 442781.
Closing date for enquiries: 31 August 2017
Scrap Metal and How to Avoid it!
An Introduction to Caring for Industrial and Transport Collections
Thursday 16th March 2017
Supported by Arts Council Museum Resilience funding, the British Motor Museum is running a study day for museum professionals and volunteers caring for industrial and transport collections. The course will cover issues around collecting, conservation and storage and is the first of a series of events run by the Museum.
The event is suitable for those new to the industrial and transport sector or those with limited experience of working with industrial and transport collections and will include practical exercises and discussion. The study day is a free event and runs from 10.30pm to 4.30pm at the British Motor Museum in Warwickshire.
Refreshments will be provided and bursaries are also available for the event covering travel costs for delegates attending the event.
Early booking is advised to avoid disappointment as places for the study day are strictly limited.
To book a place, please contact:
Julie Tant, Resilience project coordinator
Tel: (01926) 927840