Gaydon wins lottery funding for huge Aston Martin archive

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The British Motor Industry Heritage Trust, based at the Heritage Motor Centre, has secured £71,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for its project Aston Martin – A Century of Craftsmanship, which will open this summer.

Billed as giving an exclusive insight into the workings of the company, the display will run for 18 months and give current and past Aston Martin employees the opportunity to record oral histories on their work and experiences.

Those insights will be added to the vast collection of Aston Martin historian, and former employee, Roger Stowers.

It has been freshly catalogued and includes original build records, photographs, design and engineering drawings, business records and Stowers’ own correspondence with customers including Royalty and Celebrities.  

BMIHT’s head of collections and interpretation Tim Bryan said: “We are delighted to receive this generous support from the Heritage Lottery Fund which will allow us to share a valuable archive collection with a wider public audience and for Aston Martin workers to create an historical record of the craftsmanship employed in the company’s first 100 years.”

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