British Motor Museums

23rd December 2016


The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded Silverstone Heritage Limited a £9.1 million grant which will enable it to build the Silverstone Heritage Experience at the home of British Motor Racing in Northamptonshire.

Sally Reynolds, CEO of Silverstone Heritage Limited, said “work on the project can start in the New Year and the Silverstone Heritage Experience can open to the public in spring 2019.”

When completed this project will help visitors to understand much more about the context and importance of this internationally renowned racing circuit. The project will bring the heritage of Silverstone and British motor racing to life for an estimated half a million visitors a year.

The Silverstone Heritage Experience will include a permanent exhibition that will take visitors on an exciting two hour journey through motor racing past, present and future. The latest technology will be used to tell the amazing stories of the people that have been part of the site’s history, from medieval monks and WWII air crew to the racing drivers, riders, engineers and marshals of today.

There will be a Collections and Research Centre, offering museum and archive accredited storage for the British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC) archive and other motor sport collections as well as a specialist library and learning space for school groups. Finally, there will be a series of themed tours stopping off at iconic sites around the circuit.

The Silverstone Heritage Experience will ensure that the heritage of Silverstone and British motor racing is explained and interpreted for today’s public as well as being protected for future generations.

By telling the story of the UK’s central role in technological innovation and leadership within global motor sport, the aim is to inspire the next generation of world class engineers and motor sport experts.

                    David Burke     

23rd December 2016

Peter Collins in the Daily Express Trophy at Silverstone in 1952

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