New Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries, Ed Vaizey MP, formally opened the new Haynes International Motor Museum in Sparkford, Somerset last week.
Over 500 guests attended the ceremony which celebrated 10 years of planning and £5m of private investment.
The facility has three exhibition halls and modernised event facilities in its Engine Rooms. It has a meeting facility capacity of 400 delegates, new AV equipment, in-house catering and 55 acres of outdoor event sites and fields.
Exhibits include an 1885 Benz, sports and GT cars and the world’s largest collection of Speedway motorbikes.
Cutting the ribbon to the grand entrance, Ed Vaizey said: “I was delighted to be invited to open the new Haynes International Museum which I know has been a success over the last 30 years and I have every confidence will be even more so over the next 30.”
He added: “As well as bringing a boost to the local Somerset economy and creating jobs, the new Museum will in the future continue to attract visitors and investment to the West Country at a key time for the South West following the recent flooding.”
Museum MD Marc Haynes, said: “The new more modern facilities and displays will appeal to all ages and generations, making a fun and interesting day out or an excellent, not to mention unique and memorable, event venue that can be tailored to an individual’s needs and requirements. Now this project is complete, we will turn our eyes to the future, with a new hotel a possible option to ensure guests can travel from far and wide and enjoy their visit with no time pressures. Watch this space.”
Image: John H. Haynes OBE, Chairman of Haynes International Motor Museum
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