First Turf Cut for New Museum Collections Centre

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Turf cutting ceremonyTo celebrate the 21st anniversary of its opening to the public, the Heritage Motor Centre Museum at Gaydon hosted a special event on May 1.  As part of this event, a ceremony was held at which Jaguar Heritage Trustee, Peter Mitchell, cut the first turf for the new Museum Collections Centre building which is due to open in early 2015.  Peter was responsible for securing the funding for the Heritage Motor Centre back in 1991 and is also a trustee of the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust which operates the museum and conference centre.  

Peter Mitchell pictured alongside Julie Tew,
Managing Director of the Heritage Motor Centre.

As reported in the March newsletter, the new building will provide space to store and display more than 200 historic British cars from the reserve collections of both the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust and the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust.

The £4 million project has been under development for two years and was recently awarded a Round Two grant of £1.45 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). The HLF grant, together with match funding from Jaguar Land Rover, The Garfield Weston Foundation and both Trusts, has now enabled building work on this exciting new project to start.

New collection centreThe new Museum Collection Centre will enable visitors to view many cars from the reserve collections of both Trusts for the first time in a purpose-built facility. The building will also include a vehicle restoration and conservation workshop, space for enhanced education and lifelong learning programmes and office accommodation for all Jaguar Heritage staff – bringing the whole team back together again on the Gaydon site.

This exciting new facility will be immediately adjacent to the Heritage Motor Centre museum and it is hoped that it will be fully operational during the first half of 2015. There will be sufficient space to display all the reserve cars from Jaguar Heritage’s collection which will complement the existing Jaguar galleries in the Coventry Transport Museum and the Heritage Motor Centre museum, both of which will continue as they are today.

In addition to the large range of Jaguar models in the reserve collection, the building will also allow visitors to see Jaguar Heritage’s extensive collection of over 30 Daimler and Lanchester models, dating from 1897 to 2002 – many of which have not been on public display before.