Temporary Exhibitions

British Motoring Treasures: the British Motor Car in Fifty Objects

An exciting new exhibition entitled “British Motoring Treasures: the British Motor Car in Fifty Objects” opens from 2.30pm on Friday 19 May. 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 British Motoring Treasures page.

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