Explore the Caravan and Motorhome Club's Exhibitions and Events

'Vanning and the Vote

Courtesy of The Women’s Library collection at LSE

2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the 1918 Representation of the People Act, which enabled some women to have the vote for the first time. The Act was the culmination of many years of campaigning which originated in the mid 19th century, gaining momentum in the years before the First World War.

At the Club’s Collection, based at the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, we have been researching the role which the caravan and some pioneering Club members played in the Suffrage movement. Throughout this year we will be sharing the stories that we have uncovered through a range of displays, blogs and activities. Keep up to date with us on Twitter for more news. 

The Story of Caravanning Exhibition at the National Motor Museum 

The National Motor Museum is home to a permanent exhibition exploring the history of the caravan holiday, featuring the unique Collection of the Caravan and Motorhome Club.

Visitors can also discover the Museum’s 1926 Eccles caravan, 1964 Commer Auto-Sleeper motor caravan and the miniature Royal Caravan built for Prince Charles and Princess Anne in 1955.

Online Exhibitions 

Discover the thrilling history of Caravan Road Rallying events. Held from the 1950s to the 1970s these competitions tested the towing skills of then Caravan Club members and professional rally drivers to the limit.

This remarkable story is told through the wealth of Caravan Road Rallying photographs, ephemera, objects, audio clips and film footage collated for the first time in this online exhibition.

Creative Activities 

Since 2007 the Caravan and Motorhome Club have sponsored fun family activities held at the National Motor Museum and the Club's New Forest Centenary Site at Bransgore, Dorset, each August.

These popular summer events have included poetry, object handling, badge and pennant making inspired by the Museum's Collections.


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