Category Archives: National Motor Museum

Major prize with Mini for National Motor Museum visitor

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.

NMMT raffle prize (l-r) Wendy Manley, Jim Manley and Lord Montagu

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.

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National Motor Museum wins 2017 Collections Trust Award

The National Motor Museum Trust at Beaulieu has won the 2017 Collections Trust Award for its Keep CALM and STEAM Ahead project. The award recognises the achievements of those who manage museum collections – the teams who are often behind the scenes and whose work can go unnoticed.

This year the award celebrates projects that show what can be achieved when the governing body, staff and volunteers in a museum work collaboratively to tackle a collections management challenge. With the theme of Pulling Together, the award comes with a prize of £2,000 for the first time this year.

Generously funded by the Arts Council England Designation Development Fund, the Keep CALM project began in July 2016 and concludes in March 2018. It has provided a much-needed opportunity for the National Motor Museum to focus on aspects of stewardship, which had become a priority. Importantly, the project has been devised to create impact beyond collections management, providing new opportunities for people to engage with the collections, including activities for families, schools and colleges.

Costumes group (1)

Keep CALM has extended the use of the museum’s CALM collections management system and supported review and research on under-used parts of the collections. Improved documentation has enhanced collaboration between collections and strengthened team-working. Unlocking information and encouraging working across departments is supporting the development of new initiatives for visitors to Beaulieu. The project is building on the Museum’s Education Service by generating new programmes linked to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) in response to National Curriculum changes.

A creative take on STEAM has also been adopted, using the newly researched and recorded material to inspire a range of lively Automotive Steampunk-themed activities, which explore the collections in imaginative ways. Students from the Costume and Performance Design course at the Arts University Bournemouth (AUB) researched key cars and collections material to inspire the creation of nine Automotive Steampunk costumes. These striking costumes, which were on display in the museum until recently, have been viewed by thousands of visitors who were also able to dress up in Steampunk style with special clothing provided for photo opportunities. The project has also enabled the museum to make connections with the wonderfully creative Portsmouth And Southampton Time-travelling Steampunks (PASTS) group.

Andrea Bishop, Director of Collections at the National Motor Museum, said:

“The Keep CALM project has been aptly named, since it has challenged us to change the way we work and manage collections behind the scenes, standardising practice to improve exchange of ideas and information. We are now beginning to see the benefits of that legacy for our audiences and I am grateful to Arts Council England for having confidence in the value of this project for the museum and its users.”

To find out more about the Keep CALM and STEAM Ahead project, see http://www.nationalmotormuseum.org.uk/ACE_funding.

 

SPEAKERS CONFIRMED FOR ABTEM LIVERPOOL SEMINAR ON 26TH JUNE

Speakers for ABTEM’S late spring seminar, being held on Friday 26th June at the Museum of Liverpool are now confirmed. The day, titled ‘Working with New Audiences in Industrial & Transport Museums’ will also provide delegates with the chance to see the award-winning displays at the museum.

  • Dr Jo Reilly, Head of Participation and Learning at the Heritage Lottery Fund, who will lead a session on activity planning and community consultation. Some ABTEM members have reported challenges in the process of activity planning and what is required. In this interactive session Jo Reilly, the lead on activity planning at HLF will talk through the HLF guidance, share others’ experience and good practice, and answer any questions.
  • Claire Weston from the National Motor Museum Trust at Beaulieu, who will speak about Caravans and Charabancs – Leisure Motoring after the First World War, commemorative project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and how she engaged a variety of community partners and worked with them to devise outreach activities around the project theme.
  • Sharon Brown from the Museum of Liverpool will outline the work the museum has done with a two partner groups – the Merseyside Tramway Preservation Society and the Retired Carters Association, and how the museum has undertaken restoration and developed exhibition content, research, collection knowledge and talks.

There is still time to book for this FREE seminar (lunch included) – please visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/abtem-late-spring-seminar-tickets-16934884696

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