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British Motor Museum secures significant funding from Arts Council England

Life in Cars community group photograph of the group elders taken by youth group

The British Motor Museum is delighted to announce that it has secured a further
£225,000 per annum from the Arts Council for the period 2023-2026 as a National
Portfolio Organisation (NPO). Arts Council England are boosting spending in arts,
museums and libraries in villages, towns and cities where investment is currently low.
The Museum is one of 990 National Portfolio and Investment Principles Support
Organisations who will share the £446m a year investment.

The funding will support activities and development work at the Museum through its exhibitions and programmes. The themes the Museum will be exploring will include the
development of alternative solutions for the car and mobility, the process of design and
the personal responses it evokes, and the relationship between cars and music - both of
which are deeply rooted in popular culture. Running through all these themes is the
Museum’s commitment to diversify its audiences, its workforce and its governance.  

As part of its commitment to young people, the Museum will continue to provide activities
for children who have limited access to cultural experiences. It will also maintain the
Travel Support Scheme for schools and community groups, to subsidise the otherwise
prohibitive transport cost of getting to the Museum.

Jeff Coope, Managing Director at the British Motor Museum said, “We are delighted to
receive this investment from Arts Council England which will help to ensure the resilience
of the Museum in the future and also cement our reputation as one of the outstanding
Museums in the region. Our programmes are strongly grounded in working with a wide
variety of communities and giving as many people as possible the opportunity to engage
with the Museums amazing collections and culture”.

Arts Council England Chief Executive, Darren Henley, said: “Together, each of the 990
organisations that have been offered funding will contribute to a portfolio that is rich,
varied and truly national. This is our widest ever spread of investment across the
country, ensuring that many more people will have access to a wider choice of
exceptional art, culture and creative opportunities on their doorsteps. We are in tough
times but we must remember creativity brings with it extraordinary dividends, boosting
our country’s economic growth, creating jobs, bringing communities closer together, and
making us happier as individuals. Everyone deserves to enjoy the benefits it brings, and
with this investment, we believe we’ve taken a decisive step towards making that vision
a reality.”

For more information on the Arts Council England’s 2023-26 Investment Programme visit

Click here to find out more about our previous project supported by Arts Council England - 'Life in Cars', - as pictured above.