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The British Motor Industry Heritage Trust is a charity organisation set up to preserve and provide access to historical documents, images and film that record the work and achievements of the people who were employed in the British motor industry. 

The Archive houses authentic historical records by many of the major car manufacturers, including a range of original factory ledgers which record the details of individual vehicles as they came off the production line. You can purchase an official 'Certified Copy of a Factory Record' more commonly known as a Heritage Certificate. This can be useful when applying for tax exemption or to obtain an age-related Registration Mark. 

The Archive also contains a unique photographic collection with over one million original negatives and transparencies which you can browse through a large selection of historic images online at www.motorgraphs.com

Click here to get your Heritage Certificate delivered for Christmas 2018

Heritage Certificates

A birth certificate for your classic car. 

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Archive News

Get insight into the many tasks needed to look after the unique collection of the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust which we have in our care.

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About the Archive

The Archive, at the British Motor Museum, preserves and provides access to documents, images and film that record the work and achievements of the people who were employed in the British motor industry.

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Before contacting the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust Archive, please see if your question has already been answered in our Frequently Asked Questions section.

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Access the Archive Records

Our Reference Library is the ideal place to start learning more about motoring history.

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Document of the Month

The British Motor Industry Heritage Trust Archive contains many interesting documents, but sometimes we come across a document that is particularly fascinating. Each month, we’ll take it in turns in the Archive team to describe a favourite document from our collections.

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Browse our huge collection of motoring images at motorgraphs.com

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Is my Car Tax Exempt

Read on to find out what information various authorities might require, the documents they will accept, and how we can help.

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Take a look at some of the projects the Archive team are involved in. 

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Film and Picture Library

How to access the unique Photographic Collections of the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust.

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