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Coventry Transport Museum

Coventry Transport Museum
Location Coventry, England
Coordinates
Type Transport museum
Director Gary Hall
Curator Steve Bagley
Public transit access Coventry railway station (London Euston to Birmingham line) 15 minutes walk or most buses serving the city centre stop near the museum.
Website .com.transport-museumwww
The control panel of the Time Zone Clock in front of Coventry Transport Museum.

Coventry Transport Museum (formerly known as the Museum of British Road Transport) is a motor museum, located in Coventry city centre, England. It houses a collection of British-made road transport. It is located in Coventry because the city was previously the centre of the British car industry. There are more than 240 cars and commercial vehicles, 100 motorcycles, 200 bicycles.

Admission to the museum is free. It has a full-time archive department, which deals with an array of historical items, and offers a public enquiry service answering questions and finding items and information.

In March 2014 it was announced that a £8.5 million redevelopment would begin on 31 March 2014 and include the restoration of the nearby Old Grammar School to be used as an exhibit, education and event space.[1]

Exhibits

Notable exhibits in the museum are Austin Allegro, an Austin Metro previously owned by Lady Diana Spencer, a Ford Escort MK2, Hillman Imp, Triumph Acclaim, Talbot Sunbeam, Talbot Horizon, Peugeot 206, Peugeot 405 and a DeLorean DMC-12 car made famous by the Back to the Future films. A Humber staff car used by General Montgomery during the Second World War is also on display.

The museum displays many Jaguars and other Coventry built cars such as the Triumph, Humber and Standard marques, an Alvis tank, Massey Ferguson tractors, and Coventry built buses, including the bus that the Coventry City football team paraded in after their victory in the 1987 FA Cup Final. Coventry motorcycle marques are also represented in the museum's collection including: Triumph, Francis-Barnett, Rudge-Whitworth and Coventry-Eagle and it is affiliated to the British Motorcycle Charitable Trust.[2]

References

  1. ^ "Coventry Transport Museum unveils £8.5m revamp". BBC News (BBC). 20 March 2014. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "British Motorcycle Charitable Trust". Retrieved 29 November 2009. 

External links

  • Official website
  • The museum's Wiki
  • Museum virtual tour (BBC)
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