Our temporary exhibitions are displayed on the Mezzanine Exhibition Gallery - this currently hosts the James Hull Collection but will be changing in May to our new exhibition - British Motoring Treasures.
British Motoring Treasures - opens 19 May 2017
An exciting new exhibition will open on Friday 19 May entitled “British Motoring Treasures: the British Motor Car in Fifty Objects”. The exhibition, which will run until March 2018, will showcase the depth and variety of our nationally-designated collections.
Funded by Arts Council England, the exhibition will tell the story of Britain’s motor industry using fifty key objects, each of which has its own story, whether it be a ground-breaking invention or a piece of social history. It will include archive material, artwork, publicity material, signs and tools. One object on display will be an original sketch from 1944 by Alec Issigonis of the ‘Mosquito’- the first time an orginal sketch from our collection has been on show. One of only three cars in the display will be the 1899 Wolseley Voiturette, the first 4-wheel car that Herbert Austin designed. Also on display will be a publicity booklet from 1910 issued by the Shell Company that throws new light on the ill-fated Antarctic expedition led by Captain Scott.
British Motoring Treasures will celebrate the rich history of an industry that has dominated the economic and social history of the West Midlands region for more than a century.
If you would like to find out more about some of the preparations for this exhibition, check out our recent Archive News story.
James Hull Collection - until Thursday 11 May 2017
Currently situated on the Mezzanine floor is a selection of cars from the acclaimed James Hull Collection. Kindly loaned to us by Jaguar Land Rover, these 16 cars give visitors a flavour of the entire set of 543 cars. The display includes a rare Graber-bodied Alvis convertible, a Mini Traveller once owned by Lord Mountbatten and a Coombs E-Type.