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
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
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: email@example.com