Ceri Fire Ball MAD Science

Ceri Fire Ball MAD Science

By Ann Evans

The new look British Motor Museum at Gaydon, Warwickshire which opened its doors to the public in February following a £1.1m refurbishment, has a host of events and activities lined up for all the family.

Known previously as the Heritage Motor Museum, visitors to the Museum are now welcomed via a new entrance to an introductory gallery which sets the scene and flows into distinctive new themed zones, including ones for Design & Concepts, Jaguar, Land Rover, Royal Cars, Motor Sport, and Film & TV cars.

New look British Motor Museum. Photo courtesy of Roy Thole

New look British Motor Museum. Photo courtesy of Roy Thole

Visitors will as ever be able to get up close to the motors but additionally there are now different ways to view the cars. Many are on raised plinths including a series of Land Rovers on an all-terrain ‘mountain’ and some life-size matchbox style cars.

The whole visitor experience is interactive and immersive, and you can stroll along the Time Road, whilst touch screens provide interactive interpretation telling the cars’ stories in more detail.

The Museum has always been a place for the whole family to enjoy, and this Easter it’s even better as during the Easter holidays (19 March – 10 April) there’s a variety of different events running every day from interactive workshops to MAD science shows. And of course, you get to explore the newly refurbished museum and the new Collections Centre where you may discover cars you’ve never seen before.

Cars through the Lens

Cars through the Lens

All the children’s activities are included in the entrance fee so make a note of the events you’d like to join in with.

Museum Monday ‘Cars of the Future’ takes place on 21 March and 4 April, with half hour family tours of the Museum focusing on the cars of yesteryear, and afternoon workshops where you can design what you think the cars of the future will look like.

Back by popular demand, Technic Tuesday takes place on 22, 29 March and 5 April, when children can get hands-on and design, build and test their own LEGO® Technic machines. They can then race them along the ‘Track’ with the fastest car of the day winning the title ‘Champion Designer’ as well as a prize.

A highlight for the holiday period is the MAD Auto Science Show which takes place on Wednesday 23 and 30 March featuring a 45 minute show full of cool interactive demonstrations and hands on activities. Always popular, these shows really do bring science to life.

Classic Virgins learning about carburettors

Classic Virgins learning about carburettors

Easter is not Easter without an Easter Trail! So follow the ‘Shaun the Sheep’ trail and find the eggs hidden around the Museum from 24–29 March, and then join in with a special Easter crafts on Monday 28 March and make your own ‘Shaun the Sheep’ Pom Pom Sheep, or Easter Sock Bunny!

Emma Rawlinson, Life Long Learning Officer for the British Motor Museum said: “We have so much on over Easter I would urge visitors to check the website to see what takes their fancy. From Time Travelling Toby and the Bloodhound project balloon powered car, to LEGO® workshops and the Easter trail – there really is something to keep everyone entertained this Easter, whatever the weather!”

And for the adults, the Museum is to host a series of motoring related workshops this spring as part of their ongoing lifelong learning programme. You’ll need to pre-book for these; full details, times and costs are on the website. They include:

The ever popular ‘Classic Virgins’ Experience Day on 9 April. This is a hands-on, informative day is aimed at those considering buying and owning a classic car. Experts will deliver guidance on the theory of classic car ownership and provide workshop based basic maintenance sessions. After the workshop session there will be free rides in a variety of classic cars.

Also on 9 April there’s ‘Drawing from Automotive History’ with Richard Cook, an art teacher and accomplished pencil sketcher. The day is designed to suit pen and ink sketchers of varied abilities from beginner to competent amateur. Whilst the focus is on drawing cars, this workshop will suit all keen sketchers.

Cars through the Lens’ takes place on 16 April with motoring photographer Lara Platman. Lara will help participants advance their skills in taking photographs of reflections, interiors, panoramic and detail.

A brand new workshop ‘Cars through the Lens goes Studio’ takes place on 17 April. This workshop shows how to develop photographic techniques in a studio setting, showing participant how to achieve the best composition and lighting along with testing their abilities and learning new skills along the way.

Emma Rawlinson added: “We’re delighted to offer these fascinating workshops to

enable participants to learn valuable skills in photography, drawing and classic car ownership”.

For more information, prices dates, times and to pre-book the adult workshops, visit: www.britishmotormuseum.co.uk or call 01926 641188.