The British Motor Museum has been awarded Full Accreditation by Arts Council England. Accreditation is the national standard by which the way the Museum looks after its collections, its organisational health and public provision - from exhibitions to visitors services - are all measured. The Museum is one of 1,700 organisations that participate in the scheme, which is a national benchmark for museums.
The British Motor Museum became an Accredited Museum 28 years ago when it first opened in London prior to it moving to Gaydon. Since the Museum underwent a major refurbishment in 2016 and changed its name to include the word 'British' in its title, the Museum is now seen as a 'nationally styled' organisation. This means it has to meet even higher standards to achieve Full Accreditation status. These include holding substantial collections of national importance and international interest and even better standards for the care of its collections, exhibitions, public access and learning programmes. Recent projects like the Collections Centre, the Automobilia open object store, digitising the Lucas Collection as well as the comprehensive facilities for researching and exploring its Archive, all help the Museum to fulfil this remit.
This is another feather in the Museum's cap, having earlier in the year become a National Portfolio Organisation. The Museum will receive £880,000 from Arts Council England over four years to support activities and development work including funding for family and schools learning programmes, support for the Transport Fund run for community groups & schools and improvements to disabled access. The investment will also support two new exhibitions in 2019 and 2021. Next summer an exciting exhibition 'The Car. The Future. Me' will open exploring the latest in automotive technology, the designs for the future and how the way we travel in generations to come may change.
Stephen Laing, Curator at the British Motor Museum said, "We are delighted to be awarded Full Accreditation status from Arts Council England which is recognition of the fantastic work undertaken by the team and the quality of our collections and services. We are now seen as a leading authority in our field and can assist others with our specialist knowledge and engage fully with the public".
To find out more about the British Motor Museum please visit the website at http://www.britishmotormuseum.co.uk or call 01926 641188.