British Motor Museums

22nd September 2013

The National Motor Museum (originally the Montagu Motor Museum) is one of the first motor museums in Great Britain . It is in he village of Beaulieu, in Hampshire. It was founded in 1952 by Lord Montagu as a tribute to his motor pioneering father who introduced King Edward VII to motoring in the 1890’s. It is now one of the finest Motor Museums in the world.

Another example of how a Motor Museum has grown with the years is in Somerset where the Haynes International Motor Museum has developed from a modest display to a superb facility with hundreds of cars on show.

We have to thank many city fathers for adding motor cars, trucks and motor bikes to their City Museums.

In the late 1920’s there were a great many British Motor Manufacturers and cities such as Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham as well as London’s Science Museum, started to include a section for motor transport. In many cases, such as Bradford, this highlighted a local manufacturer. Bradford was the home of Jowett cars and vans.

Nowadays, many major cities and towns have a dedicated Transport Museum as the local authorities have cottoned on to the value of displaying their industrial heritage which attracts valuable tourists!

In recent years Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol and many others have all relocated their industrial or transport museums from old Victorian buildings into sparkling new premises with lots of hands on activities for all age groups.

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