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BMIHT shares in £17.5 million Arts Council England Museum Resilience Funding

Heritage Motor Centre at Gaydon
The British Motor Industry Heritage Trust, based at the Heritage Motor Centre at Gaydon, Warwickshire has been awarded £811,686 investment from Arts Council Museum Resilience Fund. The Trust was one of 108 organisations receiving an investment of over £17.5 million between them which provides funding for museums to pursue development opportunities which will make them more sustainable and resilient for the future.

The investment from Arts Council England will provide support for the Trust by providing money for audience and organisational development, staff training, enhanced accessibility to the collections and for retail and product development.  It will also fund three trainee positions and the recruitment of a Fundraiser, enhancing capacity to develop further long term projects, particularly in relation to archive and learning activities.

Included in the award is funding for two major events, the ‘Festival of the British Car’, and a ‘British Motoring Treasures’ exhibition planned for 2016 and 2017 respectively, and a three-year travel support fund aimed at helping schools with the cost of coach transport to the museum. The grant will also allow further development of the Trust’s STEM (Science Technology, Engineering & Maths) learning programmes with schools that will include an annual Science festival.

Tim Bryan, Head of Collections & Interpretation at the Heritage Motor Centre said: “Funding from Arts Council England will make a real difference to the work of the Trust, improving access to our nationally-significant collections and building strong foundations for our long term sustainability”

Peter Knott, Area Director, Arts Council England said: “One of the Arts Council’s aims is to support museums and heritage organisations to be sustainable and resilient businesses. The Heritage Motor Centre has a fascinating story to tell and this investment will support a significant programme of development to ensure the public continues to benefit from its historical collections.”

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