The Race Starts...

My name is Dave and I recently started here at the beginning of January in the post of Exhibitions Officer, working primarily with the Museum's curatorial team, to assist with the delivery of a range of up and coming temporary exhibitions.

The post was as a result of funding from the Arts Council, and a key part of the project is the development and delivery of a new exhibition 'The Car. The Future. Me.' opening in early July this year.

The exhibition will explore what is clearly a very topical subject right now, that is, what the future might hold for the motor car? Will there be cars in another 50 or 100 years' time?  How will we drive them? In fact, will we need or want to drive at all?

A little about me...

I have always had a keen interest in Museums, in social history, and in collecting obscure antiques; or rust & rubble as my wife continually likes to tell me! Since leaving University, too many years ago to mention, I have been lucky enough to work for a variety of national museums and galleries in the UK and abroad. Whilst at the British Museum I travelled extensively, managing the logistics and installation of a wide range of exhibitions. When you and your colleague are the only 2 passengers with 3 crew on a 747 jumbo jet heading via Alaska, for Tokyo, with the cargo hold full of crates of antiquities, you soon realise that the complementary drinks trolley might just get you through the 16 hour flight, before a further 20 hours of unloading and further road travel ahead….What an experience!

My other real passion is running, participating in ultramarathons and multi day events. You name it, I'll run them!

Let's imagine that this exhibition might be likened to one of those races. There is always a starting point, there is the preparation time to get the right kit and equipment tested and in place, then the all-important training plan to ensure we are race ready, and finally the start line and the race itself.

Right now we are at that starting point, preparing the way forward, getting the right team in place to establish the design, the stories and collections.

I am gradually finding my way around this wonderful Museum, and very much enjoying the experience, mainly due to everyone being so friendly and welcoming.

Now into early March, working to schedule, I can happily report that we have just selected the design company who will help us provide the majority of the creative input for the exhibition. The design and content will need plenty of modifying over the coming months, but the beginnings are there.

So the race is most definitely on...

Watch this space for regular updates on our progress.

Dave Bellamy
Exhibitions Officer

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