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A major grant has been awarded to the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu, in Hampshire, to improve its facilities and increase accessibility to its collections.
The £200,000 funding has come from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport and The Wolfson Foundation, as part of the Museums and Galleries Improvement Fund 2022-24.
The National Motor Museum celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2022 and the new funding – bolstered by a contribution from the National Motor Museum Trust – will help support its future.
The grant will initially be used for the first step of the museum’s four-part Motoring into the Future project, bringing upgrades to the entrance hall and initial exhibition areas.
Two of the museum’s galleries will also be combined to create a larger exhibition space.
It will feature a display telling the story of motoring, from past to present, plus what the future of the car might look like.
The grant will also be used to make the museum more accessible, with the entrance’s glass doors replaced by power-assisted alternatives.
Elsewhere, there are plans to display more of the museum’s collection of automobilia and to develop its engineering facilities.
After all, with exhibits ranging from classic Formula One racers to Land Speed Record cars, a team of on-site specialists is required to care for these vehicles.
Jon Murden, Chief Executive of the National Motor Museum Trust, said: “This is exciting news and I am glad that we are on our way to a bright new future for the National Motor Museum.
“This major grant will enable us to start the first phase of our planned works next year.
“It is the first step on a long road, with bold plans to raise £15-20 million over the next seven years to fully realise our ambitions.”
“We must improve our museum spaces, equipment and interpretation for younger visitors, as well as upgrade facilities for the conservation and restoration of our 285 display vehicles,” Murden added.
“We also plan to open up our internationally acclaimed stored collections of more than 1.9 million items of automobilia, and make them accessible for everyone to see.
“The world of motoring is rapidly changing and we must keep pace to tell its story.”
Keep an eye on Classic & Sports Car’s calendar to see what events are coming up at the National Motor Museum.