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Online - Art in the Collection


June 2024


July 2024




The Collections Centre


FREE online activities. If you can, please make a donation.

This month, our online activity celebrates the fascinating works of art you can find right here at the Museum!



You could argue that our cars are artworks in themselves, but here at the British Motor Museum we're also proud to display some beautiful automotive art.

Here's a one-fifth scale bronze titled 'Handing Over' by Leslie Johnson FRBS depicting the scene where Morgan’s founder, HFS Morgan, hands the keys to a car to his son Peter. The car is a 1958 Morgan 4/4 model and the scene represents Morgan handing over the company to his son. This statuette was the original design for a life-sized sculpture which was intended to be placed in Morgan's home town of Malvern.


When you visit the Museum you can also admire 'Bomber Construction', a 1942 painting by renowned artist Dame Laura Knight RA. Knight was commissioned by the War Ministry to paint pictures of war work and part of this painting of Austin’s Longbridge factory was used for a 1943 war poster, 'Victory Delayed'.


In September 1916, the new Standard Motor Company factory at Canley was starting to take shape. The first buildings created on the site included the original Standard Motor Company's office building, known as Ivy Cottage. The tiled entrance hall of Ivy Cottage featured the Standard badge in mosaic form. When Ivy Cottage was demolished in 1995, this mosaic was salvaged and is the only part of Canley to survive.


If you're an artist or photographer, why not post your automotive art to our Facebook page - don’t forget to use the hashtag #ExploringBMM

Don't forget to check out our next art exhibition: The Gallery 2024! Run in collaboration with Historic Car Art, this exciting display features nineteen of the UK's most creative motoring artists across an array of different mediums, from watercolour to sculpture. Learn more about the exhibition here.

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