Battle bus to headline museum’s World War I exhibition


One of the country’s first motor buses – a B-type developed by the London General Omnibus Company – is set to headline a World War I exhibition at the British Motor Museum on 1-2 October. 

The event, which is aimed at school children, will see the museum transformed to commemorate the centenary of WWI and will include a family trail dubbed ‘Kitchener’s Mission’, where visitors can decode secret messages, bandage wounds and spot Zeppelins. Each day will culminate in pupils exploring the battle bus. 

'B2737' was the subject of a full restoration in 2014 thanks to the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, and was converted to military specification later that year. It is an example representative of more than 2500 buses used in around London in the run-up to the outbreak of war. 

The Royal Warwickshire Regiment 1914 - 1918 Living History Group will be on hand to add to sense of occasion and period atmosphere. 

Caroline Reid, education officer at the British Motor Museum, said: “After a busy week of WW1 curriculum activities, we’re delighted to be able to extend this WW1 theme over the weekend so families visiting the Museum can enjoy the activities too.”

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