British Motor Museums

16th October 2020



Aerospace Bristol has been awarded £514,000 as part of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund (CRF) to help face the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and to ensure they have a sustainable future, the Culture Secretary has announced today.

With a comprehensive range of Covid-19 safety measures in place, Aerospace Bristol is open Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm.


A new permanent gallery, London’s Transport at War, opens to the public on Saturday 17 October 2020 in Covent Garden at London Transport Museum. The new gallery, which has been completely transformed, reveals the crucial role London’s transport has played in global conflicts, from keeping civilians safe on the home front to supporting efforts on the front lines. It introduces visitors to the people behind these stories and features new posters, photographs, safety notices and wartime objects from the Museum’s collection. Tickets to visit London Transport Museum in Covent Garden are on sale now. Book online at Local residents can enjoy discounted tickets


When Jaguar Bought Daimler’ is a new exhibition at the British Motor Museum, from the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust (JDHT), telling the story of when Jaguar bought the Daimler Company from BSA in 1960. The 60th anniversary of Jaguar’s purchase of the company from BSA provides the ideal opportunity to tell the story.

‘When Jaguar Bought Daimler’ will run from 10 October 2020 to the end of January 2021. It starts by detailing Sir William Lyons’ requirement for additional factory space, which fortuitously coincided with BSA’s desire to divest themselves of the loss making Daimler Company. It explains the background behind the deal that was struck between Sir William and Jack Sangster of BSA, without the knowledge of Jaguar’s own board of directors. This is exemplified by the opening headline of the exhibition: The following Daimlers from the JDHT Collection are included in the exhibition: • 1897 - Grafton Phaeton AD 1897 – the oldest surving Coventry built Daimler • 1907 - TP 35 – a sister car to the Daimler that set fastest time of day at the Shelsley Walsh hillclimb • 1911 - TA23 – owned by a serial inventor who was responsible for many of the innovations that made pneumatic tyres practical. (The car wears registration number DU 1 the first one issued by Coventry). • 1963 SP252 Prototype – Sir William Lyons’ proposal for re-styling the Daimler SP250 Sports Car • 1964 Majestic Major Limousine – the standard limousine of the 1950s and 1960s – powered by the 4.5 litre version of the Edward Turner designed, Daimler V8 engine • 1966 V8 Saloon – Daimler version of the Jaguar Mark II compact saloon • 1992 DS420 Limousine – the very last DS420 limousine built – signed by the team who built it • 1996 Corsica – built by Jaguar Special Vehicle Operations to commemorate Daimler’s centenary • To find out more information about this exhibition please visit the website at • or call 01926 927823.


Brooklands Museum in Weybridge, Surrey has been awarded £950,000 as part of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund (CRF) to help face the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and to ensure they have a sustainable future. Brooklands Museum is open Thursday to Sunday and every day during half term (week of 26th October). Tickets must be booked in advance at


The Postal Museum is reopening on 29 October and are opening bookings for advance tickets. The Postal Museum wouldn't be the same without Mail Rail so it will be running with fewer people on board as well as additional perspex screens so you can maintain social distancing whilst on board.
Temporary exhibition extended - Great Train Robbery: Crime and The Post has been extended until 31 December so you still have time to uncover the work of the Post Office Investigation Branch and piece together the crime of the century.

16th October 2020

Great Train Robbery exhibition
Daimler Limo 420
1996 Daimler Corsica

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