News : BCVM Leyland secures massive grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund

Carole Nash Classic Insurance Specialists

The BCVM is housed in a part of the former Leyland Motors factory in King Street. It’s had some turbulent times over the past couple of decades but, thanks to a massive lottery grant, an ambitious and exciting plan to improve and modernise can now forge ahead

The British Commercial Vehicle Museum based in King Street, Leyland, Lancashire, is pleased to announce that it has received a National Lottery grant of £1,836,100 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the ‘Up another gear for the British Commercial Vehicle Museum’ project, it was announced today. Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, the long-term sustainability of the museum will be ensured.

The aim is to attract more visitors from wider audiences and enable them to better understand and engage imaginatively with the collections. With the enhanced opportunities for income-generation that are included, the project will enable the museum to go confidently into the future. Work on the project will start early October 2017 with the refurbished museum re-opening to the public late in 2018. The 1930s former vehicle finishing shop, which the museum occupies, will be saved.

The badly leaking roof will be repaired and low energy heating and lighting installed, so that the museum can open all year around. It will be completely refurbished to showcase the historic vehicles. There will be multimedia and interactive interpretation including hands-on exhibits, dressing up and living history. A new café, shop and activity and conferencing space will contribute to sustainability and provide space for school visits and activities.

A new dedicated space will ensure that the archive is better managed and researched, and that historic film is used in creative activity programmes. A new post will double volunteer numbers and training will take place, enabling good collections management and a range of activities, particularly for families and young people, which will widen audiences and increase visitor numbers, whilst STEM-based learning is offered to schools.

The town of Leyland has close associations with the early development of steam-driven lorries and today is one of the leaders in developing diesel-electric hybrid vehicles designed to reduce harmful emissions. The museum building is the sole surviving part of the original 1930s Leyland Motors factory. It still has a motor industry-related use and lends an important atmosphere to the stories it has to tell.

Keith Moyes, Manager of the museum said: ‘We are delighted to have been awarded this National Lottery grant, this marks the start of an exciting new chapter for the museum. The work will create a modern museum that is accessible and interesting. We hope to be open again by the end of next year.’

The museum features some vintage and more modern exhibits including this Leyland Constructor-based, Ogle-designed Popemobile

Mike Humble

Upon leaving school, Mike was destined to work on the Railway but cars were his first love. An apprenticeship in a large family Ford dealer was his first forray into the dark and seedy world of the motor trade.

Moving on to Rover and then PSV / HGV, he has circumnavigated most departments of dealerships including parts, service and latterly - the showroom. Mike has owned all sorts of rubbish from Lada to Leyland and also holds both Heavy Goods & Public Service Vehicle licences, he buys & sells buses and coaches during the week. Mike runs his own automotive web site and writes for a number of motoring or commercial vehicle themed publications

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