A Wolseley Voiturette

A new exhibition will open on 19th May at the British Motor Museum in Warwickshire entitled British Motoring Treasures: the British Motor Car in Fifty Objects.

The exhibition, which will run until March 2018, will showcase the variety of the nationally-designated collections held at the British Motor Museum.

Funded by Arts Council England, British Motoring Treasures: the British Motor Car in Fifty Objects will tell the story of Britain’s motor industry using 50 key objects.

In turn each object will have its own story, whether it is of a ground-breaking invention or a piece of social history.

Discover motoring history

The exhibition will celebrate the rich history of an industry that has dominated the economic and social history of the West Midlands region for more than a century.

British Motoring Treasures will include archive material, artwork, publicity material, signs and tools.

One example on display will be an original sketch from 1944 by Alec Issigonis of the ‘Mosquito’, a car that would be the prototype for the Morris Minor. This will be the first time the original sketch has been on show; some his drawing tools and a slide rule will be featured in the exhibition, too.

There will also be three cars on display: an 1899 Wolseley Voiturette (the first four-wheel car that Herbert Austin designed) and a 1965 sectioned Austin Mini which is described as a revolution in motoring terms and a triumph in automotive packaging.

The third car will be revealed when the exhibition opens.

Groups visiting the new exhibition will also get to learn about some of the lesser known aspects of the trade, like the roles of the people who designed, built and used the products of the British motor industry.

Entry for groups

Entry to the British Motoring Treasures exhibition is included in museum entry. Special rates are available for groups of 12 or more people.

To find out more visit www.britishmotormuseum.co.uk.