The British Motor Industry Heritage Trust, based at the Heritage Motor Centre at Gaydon in Warwickshire has been awarded £811,686 investment from the Arts Council England’s Museum Resilience Fund.
The Trust, which is part of a large venue centre, was one of 108 organisations receiving an investment from a £17.5m pot. The funding is designed for museums to pursue development opportunities that offer them a more sustainable future.
The investment will fund audience and organisational development, staff training, enhanced accessibility to the collections, retail and product development, and also three trainee positions and the recruitment of a fundraiser.
Included in the award is funding for two major events, the ‘Festival of the British Car’, and a ‘British Motoring Treasures’ exhibition planned for 2016 and 2017 respectively, and a three-year travel support fund aimed at helping schools with the cost of coach transport to the museum. The centre is one of the largest conference facilities in the country. Up to 5,000 delegates can be accommodated throughout 25 rooms.
The grant will also allow further development of the Trust’s STEM (Science Technology, Engineering & Maths) learning programmes with schools that will include an annual science festival.
Tim Bryan, Head of Collections and Interpretation at the Heritage Motor Centre said: “Funding from Arts Council England will make a real difference to the work of the Trust, improving access to our nationally-significant collections and building strong foundations for our long term sustainability”.
Peter Knott, Area Director, Arts Council England said: “One of the Arts Council’s aims is to support museums and heritage organisations to be sustainable and resilient businesses. The Heritage Motor Centre has a fascinating story to tell and this investment will support a significant programme of development to ensure the public continues to benefit from its historical collections.”
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