MAY 00] MUSEUM
OF BRITISH ROAD TRANSPORT NEWS
New Grant Fits Bill For MBRT
Museum of British Road Transport in Coventry is launching a new
exhibition after being awarded a grant of £100, 000 to spend on new
temporary display of Shell Lorry Bills is a major collection of
posters by artists including Graham Sutherland, Paul Nash, and Ben
loan from the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu, it is the first new
exhibition to open since the museum was awarded £100,000 to help its
museum in Hales Street was one of just fifty major museums in the
country designated as having collections of national importance.
grant was awarded by the Designation Challenge Fund, following the
government's approval of the museum’s development plans for the
include expansion of the 'Boomtime, Boomtown' exhibition on the 1950s,
60s and 70s, which opened at Easter and has been a major success with
money means that the museum will revitalise all of its displays to
make them appeal to a wide range of visitors.
Officer Paul Maddock said the Shell bills will help attract more
visitors, as they were an unusual form of mobile outdoor advertising
being attached to the sides and back of Shell deliver lorries, and
capture the golden age of British poster design.
these posters were produced they were seen as 'art on the streets'
bringing work by leading British artists into every day life.
images are colourful, fun and really capture the 1920s and 30s. It's
a fabulous exhibition and it is wonderful to have such a display of
art in the Museum.”
Museum is open daily 10am - 5pm and admission is free.
on the re-interpreted exhibitions will begin in early Autumn and will
be completed by March 2001.
will still be business as usual for the museum, and although visitors
may occasionally find small parts of the museum unavailable, the vast
majority of its 250 vehicles, 200 cycles, and 90 motorcycles will
still be on display.
Joan Wright, the Cabinet Member for Cultural and Leisure Services said
is a really exciting period for the museum as it is totally
committed to maximising the appeal and profile of the museum for
tourists and local citizens alike.
are delighted that the Museum's recognition as a nationally
important collection has won this substantial grant for Coventry.”