What's Inside

Reserve Collections

Inside the Collections Centre there are nearly 250 cars; the same mix of interesting and unusual models that are in the museum; from some of the oldest British cars, to sports cars and one-off prototypes, some of which have rarely been on display to the public before. There is also a wide selection of models from the world’s most comprehensive public collection of Jaguars and Daimlers.

But please note, this is a store, not a Museum, there is limited information provided about each vehicle and the vehicles are close parked so it is not possible to walk between or see inside all of them. However, our knowledgeable volunteers will be on hand within the building to answer any questions.

Restoration Workshop

The Restoration Workshop is is another important part of the Collections Centre. From the Viewing Gallery on the first floor you can watch our technicians carry out the busy daily tasks of looking after such large and varied collection.

Temporary Exhibition Area

The Collections Centre's opening temporary exhibition was ‘Car Stories' which explored the human stories relating to cars. This exciting project involved reaching out to local people and community groups and gathering their memories by meeting and sharing stories, and recording this history in enjoyable and interesting ways – from letters, drawings, audio clips to photography and more.

The ‘Car Stories' project was developed and created by artist and photographer Lara Platman and our Community Engagement Officer Adela Thomas. Lara Platman is a photographer and writer, specialising in documenting areas of culture that are often considered to be eccentric or endangered. Coming from a family who produced theatrical costumes, she has grown up around creative craftsmen. She trained as a photographer and then a journalist and now combines these two skills to bring an in-depth study to each of her projects.

Click here to find out more about the 'Car Stories' project. 

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