Category Archives: Motor Museums

1953 Bristol Bus for disposal

The Haynes International Motor Museum are offering a 1953 Bristol KSW6B Lowbridge bus for disposal through sale by tender:

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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 darren.hammond@himm.co.uk  or call 01963 442781.

Closing date for enquiries: 31 August 2017

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Industrial & Transport Collections Study Day at British Motor Museum

Scrap Metal and How to Avoid it!

 An Introduction to Caring for Industrial and Transport Collections

 Thursday 16th March 2017

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 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

E-mail: Julie.tant@britishmotormuseum.co.uk

 

JOB VACANCY – COVENTRY TRANSPORT MUSEUM

News of a new job vacancy at Coventry Transport Museum:

Collections Care Technician

The museum is advertising a fantastic and rare opportunity for an experienced vehicle maintenance technician with a real passion for the history of the motor vehicle and their conservation.  As the successful candidate will be spending a significant amount of time working on the conservation, restoration and maintenance of historic vehicles, held by Coventry Transport Museum on behalf of Coventry City Council.

Working as part of a team of technicians, and under the supervision of the Curator of Vehicles & Motorcycles, the suitable candidate will be required to utilise their detailed knowledge of the workings of modern and historic motorised vehicles.  Undertaking research, developing and maintaining records on the collections, and ensuring we meet the required standards for our designated collection, both as part of our displays as well as in museum stores.

The closing date for applications is: 15th January 2017

More information from: http://www.transport-museum.com/join_and_support/work_at_the_museum.aspx

Items for Loan from Coventry Transport Museum

As part of a collections review Coventry Transport Museum have identified reserve items that could be offered to other museums on loan. Potential borrowers  need to be aware that the item must go on public display and loans must be for a minimum period of 2 years up to maximum of 5 years.

The vehicles available include: Austin, Daimler, Hillman, Humber, Jaguar Morris, Riley Rover and Triumph cars and commercial vehicles.

For a full list and further details on specific vehicles (as condition does vary from vehicle to vehicle) please contact: Elisabeth Chard-Cooper, Coventry Transport Museum, 02476234282 or email: elisabeth.chard-cooper@culturecoventry.com

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Details of Symposium at British Motor Museum announced

A day symposium focusing on the British car past, present and future is being held at the British Motor Museum at Gaydon in Warwickshire on 24th September 2016. The event will include presentations from an expert panel and is chaired by the Curator of the British Motor Museum Stephen Laing.

Topics include: • Car manufacture in Britain • The motor car as a design icon • Journalism and promotion of cars • A snapshot of Britain’s motor industry • The evolution of the historic vehicle movement • The motor car in its social context

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ADVANCE PRICES Adult: £25 Concessions: £20 Under 16’s: £18

More details and tickets are available from:

https://www.britishmotormuseum.co.uk/events/celebration-of-the-british-car-symposium

NATIONAL MOTORCYCLE MUSEUM TROPHIES STOLEN DURING BURGLARY – REWARD OFFERED

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 james@thenmm.co.uk  

The Museum has re-opened as normal this morning.

 

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HAYNES MOTOR MUSEUM REDEVELOPMENT OPENED!

Congratulations to Motoring SSN member the Haynes International Motor Museum at Sparkford – the new £35 million redevelopment which includes a brand new entrance, cafe and exhibition spaces was unveiled at a special event on Wednesday 16th April.

More details about the museum can be found at: http://www.haynesmotormuseum.com/

 

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