The British Motor Industry Heritage Trust has been awarded a Round Two grant of £1.45m from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for its Museum Collections Centre project. The award is the culmination of more than two years’ work to develop plans for a new building in which to store and display more than 200 historic British cars from the collections of both the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust and its partner, the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust.
The £4m project received initial support from HLF in 2011 and the latest HLF grant, together with match funding from Jaguar Land Rover, The Garfield Weston Foundation and both Trusts, will enable work on this project to begin in the spring of 2014. The new Museum Collection Centre will enable people to view many cars from the reserve collections of both Trusts for the first time in a purpose-built facility which will also include a vehicle restoration and conservation workshop and space for enhanced education and lifelong learning programmes.
Tim Bryan, Head of Collections & Interpretation at the Heritage Motor Centre, said: ‘We are delighted that, with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, Jaguar Land Rover and our other partners, this exciting project will become a reality. It will allow us to make our collections far more accessible and will enable people to learn more about the motor industry, which has played such an important role in the West Midlands’.
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