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Category: British Motor Museum

  1. British Motor Museum invests in a sustainable future with new Carbon Offsetting Scheme!

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    The British Motor Museum, one of the Midlands leading venues for conferences and events, announces a partnership with carbon offsetting specialists Tree-V for a brand new sustainable offering for conference clients.

    Through this partnership, the British Motor Museum empowers its clients to make eco-conscious choices. Conference organisers now have the option to add a carbon offsetting package to reduce the environmental impact of their events, contributing to a greener and more sustainable future.

    Tom Worthington from Tree-V commented: “Tree-V are really pleased to be working with a venue as forward-thinking as the British Motor Museum. They've already taken many sustainability steps, and we're thrilled to be helping them tackle an element of their carbon footprint that is out of their control - how their visitors get to them. Working together, we'll tackle that footprint on their carpark by carbon offsetting conference delegates emissions through international forestry projects. The fact that Tree-V was launched to help the classic car world be greener means it's the icing on the cake to be working with such an important automotive institution.”

    To support this new initiative, the Museum has announced that all of the miles travelled by its conference sales and bookings team throughout 2024 and the 12.87 tonnes of carbon produced as a result have been offset. By offsetting the carbon footprint associated with the team's journeys, the Museum aims to lead by example for sustainable practices within the conference and events sector.

    Toby Batchelor, Head of Commerce at the British Motor Museum, commented: “Revenue generated from conference activity plays a key role in funding the charitable trust that runs the British Motor Museum, and we're always looking for innovative new solutions that meet the needs of our conference clients. Sustainability is an area of real focus in the conference industry, and the Museum has made huge strides forward over the last few years, reducing energy and water consumption and taking action to minimise waste, with zero waste going to landfill. 

    The opportunity to provide an optional carbon offsetting solution to clients seemed like a logical next step, especially given the Museum's geographically central location, just minutes away from the motorway network, and the fact that the vast majority of conference delegates arrive by car. In Tree-V, we have found a locally based partner and a team that shares the Museum's passion for automotive history. Their existing relationship with the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs and the simplicity of their offsetting solution made them the logical partner for the Museum.”

    For more information on sustainable practices at the British Motor Museum, please visit To enquire about the new carbon offsetting offering for conferences, please contact the Bookings team on 01926 895295 or [email protected].


  2. Cars from the Ford of Britain Heritage Collection join displays at the British Motor Museum!

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    Part of the Ford of Britain Heritage Collection will be displayed at the British Motor Museum from Friday 2 February. The Museum is delighted to reveal that a new selection of seven vehicles from the Heritage Collection will join the existing Ford cars on display. Also arriving as part of the fresh Ford line-up is a 1973 Ford Capri Ferguson 4x4 which is on loan from a private collector.

    Ford’s collection, which totals around 130 cars is not normally accessible to the public. The Museum is pleased to have secured the loan of a 1961 Ford Zodiac Mk II, 1979 Ford Granada Mk II, 1986 Ford RS200, 1988 Ford Fiesta Mk II XR2, 1992 Ford Sierra Sapphire Cosworth 4x4, 1993 Ford Escort Mk V Cosworth WRC and a 2004 Ford Focus ST170.

    These cars will form a display in the Museum’s Welcome Gallery. The Museum team are hopeful that the great relationship with the Ford of Britain Heritage Collection will present opportunities to expand the number of vehicles on loan and to change the displays often to bring more of this strong collection to the public.

    Len Keen, Operations Manager at Ford of Britain Heritage Collection, said “We are excited to be working with the British Motor Museum in Gaydon following the move of our collection from Dagenham to Daventry. This provides an excellent opportunity to showcase some of the iconic vehicles from our history and rekindle many great memories from visitors as they tour the museum”.

    Stephen Laing, Head of Collections and Engagement at the British Motor Museum, said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to showcase some of this incredible collection of Ford vehicles. It’s another significant collection from a UK manufacturer that fits perfectly with the Museum’s aim to broaden the range of marques that are represented here. With so much choice, it has already been tough making the first selection of seven cars to display in the Museum!”

    Access to view the additional seven cars from the Ford of Britain Heritage Collection is included as part of the normal Museum admission. Museum entry is just £43 for a family in advance or £49 on the day, £16 for adults in advance or £19 on the day, £14 for concessions in advance or £17 on the day, £9 for children (5-16 years) in advance or £10 on the day and under 5s are FREE. There is also the option to Gift Aid or donate your entry fee and get an Annual Pass in return, at no extra cost. Annual Membership is also available. For more information about the Museum please visit the website or call 01926 895300.

  3. British Motor Museum to host ‘Rustival’, a brand-new show!

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    The British Motor Museum will be hosting a brand-new family-friendly show for the 2024 season. Rustival, which will take place on Saturday, 9 March, is an all-new classic/young-timer car and vehicle show hosted by YouTubers Ian and Carly from HubNut, Matt from Furious Driving and Steph from idriveaclassic. The show is already looking to be a hit, with over 500 exhibitor spots already sold!

    The show will feature hundreds of display carstalks from motoring YouTubers, and Ask the Experts, where visitors can chat with industry experts and get professional automotive guidance free of charge, plus there will be plenty of Rustival, HubNut, Furious Driving and idriveaclassic merchandise available to buy

    For those visiting on their own, there is a meet-up spot called Friendship Corner, where visitors can enjoy socialising with other attendees, making new friends and meeting people to chat with online

    Tom Caren, Show Manager at the British Motor Museum, commented, “We’re delighted to host this brand-new show. From clapped out to Concours – if it has got wheels, it is welcome at ‘Rustival’. The show is family-friendly, with disability access, so please know your presence is not only valued but wanted, no matter what vehicle you bring”.

    Vehicle exhibitor tickets cost just £11 per adult and include entry for the car and a driver. Exhibitor passenger tickets cost £11 per adult and £7 per child. Tickets give admission to the show, Museum and Collections Centre. Exhibitor spots are still available, but the Rustival team are urging all attendees to guarantee their spot by registering their vehicle on this simple form Rustival - General Exhibitor Information Exhibitors must print their passes out and display them in their windows on the day. Gates will open to Vanden Plas vehicle exhibitors at 8am, and these display vehicles must be in place by 9.30am. Those parking in Mayfair or looking to park in visitor parking can arrive from 9.30am onwards. Advance visitor show tickets cost £16 per adult, £9 per child, £14 per concession and £43 for a family. 


    To find out more information about the show, please call 01926 895300 or visit the website at

  4. British Motor Museum launches new ‘Adopt a Car’ scheme!

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    The British Motor Museum has launched a brand-new scheme which allows members of the public to ‘adopt’ one of the cars in their collections. From the Albion A1 8hp dog cart to the Wolseley 2200 (last of line), cars that form part of the Museum’s permanent collections will be available to adopt. 

    Anyone interested in adopting a car just needs to look at the Museum’s Online Collections and choose the ‘adoptable’ filter. Adoptions cost between £25 & £100 and adopters get a digital adoption certificate and their name added to the car’s listing in the Online Collections.

    Cat Boxall, Curator at the British Motor Museum, said, “By sponsoring one of the iconic vehicles in the collection, people can play a vital role in preserving this important collection for the next generation to discover and enjoy. These adoptions make the perfect gift for anyone who worked in the British motor industry or has always loved a particular British classic”.

    This new scheme helps to support the overall work of the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust. It could help with the restoration costs of recent additions to the collection, support the preservation of historic documents in the Archive, or fund outreach community work. Most importantly, it will help the British Motor Museum to continue to tell the story of the Britain’s motor industry, the people's industry, now and in the future.

    For more information, please visit the website at

    To explore the Online Collections please visit

  5. The British Motor Museum has Christmas all wrapped up!

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    The British Motor Museum has Christmas wrapped up with a host of festive lunches in the roof-top Sky Suite, a selection box of family-friendly Christmas activities, and a wide choice of Christmas gift ideas.

    Christmas lunches are available from 12pm – 2pm on 8, 11, 12, 13 and 14 December. Visitors can enjoy a seasonal two-course or three-course lunch with all the trimmings, glass of wine or soft drink and crackers for £29.95 for 2 courses or £34.95 for 3 courses. (Member discounts apply). Entry to the Museum is included for all diners on that day, and lunches must be pre-booked.

    Christmas activities take place from 8-23 and 28-30 December when the Museum is open from 10am – 5pm each day. Children can take part in the Great Elf Hunt to search for the elves hiding amongst the cars! Younger visitors can also enjoy Christmas Crafts, including making a motoring-themed Christmas Tree decoration, designing a personalised Christmas card/thank you card and colouring in festive-themed sheets. There’s also the opportunity to make a Princess Mary box. In 1941, during WW1, Princess Mary wanted to ensure all soldiers on the front line would have a gift for Christmas and these boxes were filled with treats including chocolate, a card and pictures of the Royal Family. All activities are suitable for 5 plus years and included within the Museum entry fee.

    New Year Family Fun with LEGO’ runs from the 2 – 8 January. Children can tackle the ultimate LEGO car-building challenge, and search for car parts in the family trail - the perfect way to get 2024 off to a flying start! Activities are suitable for children aged 4 plus. 

    Looking for inspiration for that perfect Christmas gift? Home to over 400 iconic classic and vintage cars, the Museum offers a great day out for petrolheads, culture seekers and lovers of all things British, so why not give a Gift Voucher, which is available to purchase online, and every purchase supports the charity. Museum Membership gives Members free entry to the Museum, including all special weekend show days. Members are also offered exclusive opportunities to preview great new exhibitions, take a private tour and attend Members only events. Membership is available from just £42 per year.

    Heritage Certificates are an ideal gift for anyone who owns a cherished classic car and are available for just £48 plus P&P. The Certificate is an official ‘Certified Copy of a Factory Record’ showing the car’s specification as it left the production line. Details are taken from the original production records created by many of the leading British motor manufacturers. Deadline for UK orders is 15 December.

    Other fantastic items available from the online shop include a Replica Tax Disc priced at £26, Mini and Land Rover 32GB USB sticks priced at £14 and £16, respectively, a reversible Land Rover Scarf priced at £14, an archive image tea towel at £7.99, a fine bone China mug at £9, and a bespoke 1000 piece British Cars of the 60’s Jigsaw priced at £18.70.

    Brand new for this Christmas is the chance to gift your child an unforgettable creative experience at the “Let’s Animate Saturday Club”! Run by professional animator Gemma Foy, this 5 week animation club offers budding animators a place to develop and sharpen their skills, inspired by the Museum’s stunning collection of cars. Tickets are now on sale for the 5 weekly sessions, from 24 February to 23 March 2024, at £100 per child. There are only 16 places available, so act quickly to avoid disappointment!

    To find out more about the festive lunches visit

    For more information about Christmas activities visit

    To see the full range of gift ideas, please visit

    All shop purchases and visits help support the Museum as a registered educational charity No 286575.