Discover the fascinating stories of those communities which are part of the West Midlands' motor industry in this new exhibition 'Factor Us In'. The exhibition delves deeply into the impacts and aftermath of factories on the surrounding landscapes, people and businesses – with a focus on Canley, Lode Lane and Longbridge.
Uncover fascinating stories about the West Midlands motor industry and its communities in this latest temporary exhibition. Combined with our own collections, we have used the stories of real local people to reveal the history of an industry that has dominated the lives of communities in the West Midlands region for more than a century.
Factor Us In exhibition was inspired by the Museum’s commitment to engaging and broadening its audiences by creating local links and partnerships to capture and share the diverse stories linked to the automotive industry. With its rich collections of archival material, artefacts and oral history videos and recordings, the Museum is uniquely placed to uncover the tales the people, places and products that shaped the motor manufacturers.
After a year of restrictions and one where the sense of community is more important than ever, the Museum wants to encourage people to engage with the history on their doorstep, sometimes unappreciated by those same people who now make up their local communities.
The exhibition focuses on recollections from the communities of Canley in Coventry, Longbridge in Birmingham and Lode Lane, Solihull.
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After the exhibition opens in July 2021 an online element will evolve and run alongside the physical exhibition, where we will collect and display new stories and exhibits, building an even better picture of the conversations heard in the places around those factories.
Factor Us In
A few images from the exhibition