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List of Vehicles - The National Motor Museum Trust
  • The commerical vehicle mix and match game

E-Mail Request Form 

 

[Frequently asked questions (FAQs) section.

List of what we can and can’t help with e.g. valuations, advice about repairs, fault finding or restoration advice, unable to undertake lengthy research projects

Prominent list of charges (easily up-dateable).

Dedicated enquiry service E-mail enquiry form (Name and address etc. as required fields).

Acceptance of charges for research/copying.

Specified timescale for replies (say 28 days?).

Automated acknowledgement of E-mailed enquiries, stating that full response may take some time.

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Reading room rules.

Conditions for use of the service (collection care etc.).]

Frequently Asked Questions 

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Policies and Plans

On this page there will be information about: 

  • Collecting Policy
  • Education Policy
  • Volunteer Policy and
  • Accessibility Policy.

How to Find Us 

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Facilities 

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Visiting the Motor Museum 

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Accessibility 

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Loans, Donations & Bequests to the National Motor Museum Trust

Loans

Some of the vehicles on display in the National Motor Museum are on loan to us. This provides flexibility, allowing us to vary our displays or cover gaps in our permanent Collection. Vehicles are well housed and receive regular attention and a detailed Loan Agreement clearly sets out the rights and responsibilities of the Owner and the Trust. Loans normally run for a period of five years.

Donations

All Trust Collections have been much enhanced by donations from both commercial sponsors and individuals. The range of gifts varies enormously, from vehicles to individual accessories, garage contents, photographs and magazines.

Bequests

Many people have vehicles and other motoring items in their personal collections which give them immense pleasure throughout their lifetime. Some may worry about what will happen to their treasures after their death. Items bequeathed to the Trust will give pleasure to succeeding generations. You may wish to support the work of the Trust in preserving motoring heritage, by making a financial bequest or bequeathing items which may be sold to raise funds. A special Bequest Leaflet is available on request.

If you would like to offer any items to the Trust, please write first, enclosing recent photographs of the item concerned. Each potential acquisition must be carefully considered, and selection procedures applied, because of display and storage space restrictions.

Motoring and Collections Enquiries Frequently Asked Questions

This page lists some of the most frequently asked questions we receive at the National Motor Trust about motoring and our Collections.

Motoring Picture Library 

Our web site contains many thousands of images for you to view and use but we have nearly one million motoring images not yet digitised, so if you can't find what you are looking for please do contact us.

We have a fully equipped drive-in studio available for hire on its own or with our highly experienced staff photographer and is suitable for still photography, including cars or bikes, and film work.

Further information can be found at ....

The Family Market

1923 Ford Model T.

1923 Ford Model T.

After World War I, the traditional role of domestic servants largely disappeared. The number of households employing chauffeurs decreased rapidly and owner drivers became the norm. Motoring was losing its social exclusivity and the battle was on to develop cars for the moderately affluent middle class. This market was becoming much more important, as the 1920s and 1930s were a period which, apart from the Depression years, showed a real increase in living standards. Wages rose, living costs decreased, and a three bedroom semi-detached house could be bought for less than one year’s salary. Many car manufacturers plunged into this competitive, but potentially lucrative, market.

The car to beat in the immediate post-war years was still, of course, the Model T Ford. Also significant, were a series of cheap cycle cars, built with tubular frames and motor cycle engines. These enjoyed a brief period of popularity among a population starved of motor vehicles. The Austin 7, introduced in 1922, was a landmark in British motoring history and almost single-handedly destroyed the market for cycle cars. Morris continued to command a dominant position in the marketplace. Rover, Hillman, Riley and Vauxhall also introduced lower priced models in an attempt to capitalise on the middle class market. Intense competition led to rapid improvements in the design and reliability of small cars and the range of models available ensured that prices were competitive. Slowly, the motor car became available to a much larger section of the population.

Examples of cars from many of the manufacturers referred to above can be seen in the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu.

The National Motor Museum Motoring Research Service

The Motoring Research Service exists to respond to factual enquiries received by the National Motor Museum Trust and to assist researchers to access information that may be found within its Collections.

We can assist with simple enquiries by post and by E-mail but for more complex research we recommend that you make an appointment to visit our Reading Room.

Please be aware that due to staff absence we are unable to respond to requests for research or make appointments for reading room visits until early September. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Motoring Research Service Charges From January 2011 

Prices quoted below include VAT at the current rate.

Reading Room Visits (by appointment only):
£12.00 per morning/afternoon (or part thereof)
£24.00 per day

Postal/E-mail enquiries:
£24.00 per enquiry (includes a maximum of 2 hours work, further work charged at £25.00 per hour).
£6.00 short enquiry fee (simple enquiries requiring 30 minutes work or less).

Photocopies
A4 – 25p per page (Colour-£1.00 per page)
A3 – 40p per page (Colour-£2.00 per page)

It may not be possible to safely photocopy many of the older and frailer documents, although we may be able to provide scans in cases where the scanning process will not cause further deterioration.

Scans
£2.00 per page on plain paper or via E-mail.
£5.00 per page on photographic paper.

Concessions

Museums Association Members 10%
Friends of the National Motor Museum Trust 10%
Students 10%

Prices do not include postage and packing which is subject to VAT at the prevailing rate.

Your programme could include:

  • Artefact handling
  • Museum tours
  • Car rides
  • Audio/visual presentations
  • Quizzes
  • Role play
  • Dressing in costume

Gift Aid

Be a giftaid visitor give a little, help a lot

How you can help us claim tax back from the government – at no extra cost to you?

The National Motor Museum Trust is a registered charity. Because your payment will give you and your family admission to the Museum for a year, we can take advantage of the Gift Aid Admission rules.

If you are a UK taxpayer, we can claim back the tax that you have paid on your donation from HM Revenue and Customs – at no extra cost to you.

All you need do is complete a Gift Aid declaration with your name and home address. We can then reclaim the tax on 60% of the total admission amount that you pay, for you and your family to visit Beaulieu for one year.

To us, that’s worth an extra 25p for every £1 from 6 April 2008 that you give in this way.

You can imagine the difference this will make to the finances of the National Motor Museum Trust; with your help we can preserve the historic vehicles and unique archives in our care for future generations to enjoy.

If you are a higher rate taxpayer, you can claim additional tax relief when you complete your Self Assessment tax return; you should retain your receipt as proof of your donation.

By making a donation equivalent to our admission price you (and your family group) will not only receive free admission on that day but also free re-entry to the National Motor Museum for a year following your initial visit. You can come back as many times as you like within this period to the National Motor Museum (excludes entrance to the rest of the Beaulieu complex and admission to Beaulieu Special Events).

We hope you will enjoy your visit to the National Motor Museum and that you will appreciate the work that is being done to preserve such a valuable part of our heritage.

The National Motor Museum Trust Limited Registered Charity No. 1107656

Aquisitions & Disposal Policy

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Birth of Motoring Exhibition 

Jaguar Jamboree 

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Period Garage 

Jack Tucker’s Garage

A permanent, multi award-winning 1930's garage was created within the Museum, complete down to the last nut and bolt and rusty drainpipe. Whilst the building is a fabrication, everything in it - all the fixtures, fittings, tools and ephemera - are genuine artefacts collected over a period of 25 years. The garage portrays the transition from blacksmith and wheelwright to a country garage servicing the needs of the 1930's motorist. Visitors are able to experience the working of garages of this era and can learn many interesting facts and trivia, such as why there were so many different petrol companies’ pumps on the forecourt. This represents an early step on the Museum’s path to telling the social history of the motor car, which will be taken forward by the current project.

A fascinating permanent display absolutely crammed with motoring artefacts, the Motorworks features a country garage of 1938, with a state of the art interactive gallery above.  Eavesdrop on a conversation between the garage owner and his son, discover why a blacksmith’s forge is needed in the servicing area and why six different brands of petrol are ‘sold’ on the forecourt.  Explore the hands-on interactive exhibits which unravel the mechanical mysteries of the motor car. Motorworks has won three prestigious awards, including Interpret Britain.

Art of Custom 

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Educational Groups 

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Terms and Conditions 

[Is this appropriate here?] 1. You must always produce your membership card in order to enjoy any of the Friends’ benefits. At certain times you may be asked to sign and have your signature verified. Your pass is not transferable.
2. Friends free admission to the museum is available only through Visitor Reception and during normal opening hours. Car parking is in the public car parks (unless otherwise indicated). Entrance to the complex must be immediately after signing in by Friends and their guests. Advance tickets will not be issued, except as in (4) below
3. Friends may use their free admission for any motoring related event held at Beaulieu which is available to members of the public who pay an admission fee to the complex on that day, but the rules described in (2) above apply. If you wish to participate in an event taking place at Beaulieu which is effectively being promoted by an outside organisation – such as a motor club – you must pay any charge requested by the organisation/club for admission to their event for yourself and/or your car
4. Visitor admission to Beaulieu motoring related events (e.g. Autojumble) is exactly as described in (2) above and is available on the public opening days only. Friends who are the named stallholder at either of the two Autojumble events are entitled to a 10% discount off the cost of uncovered stand space provided the appropriate section of the application form is completed, together with the membership number entered on the application form 5. On a few occasions Beaulieu runs special events in the rally fields for which there is a separate charge. Friends may use their free admission to gain entry to the visitor complex as usual but will be asked to pay the advertised charge to transfer into the special event. Friends can only gain free admission to rallies in the Events Fields and Complex via Visitor Reception. Any Friend wishing to enter by car to rallies will be asked to pay the rally admission rate charged by the Rally Club on the day. In the case of Firework Fair, Friends may only have free access to the event if arriving before 3.00 pm. Those arriving after this time will be asked to pay the admission charge for the event 6. When there is an additional charge within the complex for any attraction or service these charges will also apply to members
7. The special pass does not cover any of the facilities at Bucklers Hard
8. Beaulieu reserves the right to amend benefits without notice

Preservation of the Collection

Current Exhibitions 

Permanent Exhibitions 

Past Exhibitions 

Motor Sports Exhibition 

Record Breakers Exhibition 

Motor Cycle Gallery 

Period Garage 

A permanent, multi award-winning 1930s garage has been created within the Museum, complete down to the last nut and bolt and rusty drainpipe. Whilst the building is a complete fabrication, everything in it - all the fixtures, fittings, tools and ephemera - are genuine artefacts collected over a period of 25 years.
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Corporate Booths 

Interactive 1

Interactive 2

1903 Napier 

The 1903 Napier in front of Palace House.
See other images of this car's ealier life by clicking on the links below.

There are opportunities to work with National Motor Museum staff on a voluntary basis in many of our collections. Whether your particular interests are in motoring costume, artwork, motorsport, social history or motor engineering, you will find something which appeals. Both research and hands-on skills are needed to help our staff develop the collections. You needn’t be an expert in motoring history, just have an enthusiastic and flexible approach to become a member of our team. Training is provided and volunteers enjoy many benefits. We would be grateful for your help, whether it be for a few hours or several days per month.

 

Opportunities exist to work with National Motor Museum staff in the following areas:-

Object Collection

The Reserve Collection of objects in storage is an Aladdin’s Cave of undiscovered motoring artefacts from a bygone age. More information about the objects would help make the Collection more readily available for use in exhibitions and for teaching purposes. Much of this information is available in our extensive Reference Library. For the more practically-minded training would be provided in cleaning and caring for the objects.

Ongoing projects include:-

• Making simple costume covers and padded hangers, to help conserve the motoring clothing collection. • Sorting objects as a prerequisite to research and computerised recording. • Reorganising storage areas to make best use of space. • Reshelving of objects for better physical access.

Future projects include:-

• Making simple dust covers to protect the bicycle collection • Researching and cleaning the motoring luggage collection • Almost anything else related to the care and recording of the Object Collection that new volunteers are interested in!

Motoring Reference Library

The Motoring Reference Library is reknowned for the bredth and quality of information it holds. Enquiries are received from all over the world, relating to every aspect of motoring and motorcycling. A small team of staff are assisted by a team of volunteers who have interests relating to motoring.

Ongoing tasks include:-

• Undertaking research and answering enquiries. • Assisting with administration. • Sorting and organisation of both new and existing material.

Motoring Picture Library

The Motoring Picture Library has an extensive collection comprising over 1 million motoring images from the earliest times through to the present day. All aspects of motoring life are covered, from the vehicles and motorcycles themselves, to personalities and motor sport events.

Ongoing tasks include:-

• Identifying images – vehicles, people, places, time periods. • Research – adding to and enhancing existing information. • Reorganisation – updating the storage of albums, prints and glass negatives into a recently acquired archival storage system. • Digital imaging – recording and scanning images onto computer.

Film and Video Library

Motoring history is brought to life in the Film and Video Library, which collects both historic and modern moving images.

Ongoing tasks include:-

• Viewing films in order to record the vehicles, events and personalities depicted. • Recording information about the content of films onto computer. • Restructuring of film and video storage.

On this page there will be: 

  • Volunteers Profiles

Business Partners

The National Motor Museum Trust is supported by donations from individuals and commercial organisations, assisting in the preservation of its vehicles and the creation of new displays within the Museum. Commercial business partners enjoy a number of annual benefits, depending upon the level of support given. These are expressed as Bronze, Silver and Gold packages, offering benefits from free entry tickets to the Museum, to the use of Beaulieu facilities for a whole range of corporate events.

Detailed below are the current business partners of the National Motor Museum Trust:

The Automobile Association BP

Oil UK Limited

BWIA International Airways

Car Link Communications

Castrol UK Limited

Champion Spark Plug

Duckhams Oils

Ford Motor Company Limited

GKN plc

Guardian Insurance Halfords Limited

Hammerite Products

Marks and Spencer plc

MRI Limited

Norma Products Limited

P&O Events

P&O Containers

P&O Cruises

Repsol/Carless Ringwood Brewery

The Royal Automobile Club

Safety Kleen

J Sainsbury plc

Scania (Great Britain) Limited

Securicor Shell UK Limited

Simoniz International plc

SP Tyres UK Limited

T & N plc

Unipart Group of Companies

Vauxhall Motors Limited

Vecta Limited

Vintage Tyre Supplies Wenol

If you wish to find out more about business partnership with The National Motor Museum Trust, please contact us.

Vehicles

Reminiscence

Audiences 

We have worked with elderly people in residential homes; with terminally ill patients in hospital as well as adults who have learning difficulties, physical difficulties and/or mental health issues. Reminiscence can also work very well with children.

We use our loans boxes to deliver these sessions and can cover a range of themes.
 

Beaulieu and the Motoring Montagus

Lord Montagu of Beaulieu with the family and the 1909 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost.

Lord Montagu of Beaulieu with the family and the 1909 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost.

Located in the New Forest, Beaulieu is perhaps an unexpected place to have a strong link with the history of motoring. The early years of this association pioneered the cause of motoring in Britain, and resulted in many firsts.

John Scott Montagu MP (later Second Baron Montagu of Beaulieu) was born in 1866 and he campaigned for motorists in Parliament, was the first member of the Road Board and was instrumental in the introduction of vehicle registration plates. He worked tirelessly to promote motoring, introducing it to people of influence and helping to lay the foundations for mass motoring as we know it today.

In 1899 John Scott Montagu drove the first car to enter the yard of the House of Commons at Westminster – his recently acquired 12hp Daimler. In September that year he competed in the Paris–Ostend race, and the Daimler finished third in the touring car class. It was the first time that British competitors had taken part in a European road race and was the first prize ever awarded to a British driver in a British built car.

In 1902 John Scott Montagu launched the weekly journal The Car Illustrated. Mainly about motoring, this beautifully illustrated periodical was subtitled A Journal of Travel by Land, Sea and Air. John Scott Montagu also launched a monthly journal called The Car.

Fifty years later, Edward, the present Lord Montagu of Beaulieu, opened Palace House to the public. A collection of five early motor cars were placed on display in the entrance hall as a tribute to his father, John Scott Montagu, who had died in 1929. By 1956 this display had grown and was moved into converted wooden outbuildings to create the first Montagu Motor Museum. The opening ceremony was performed by Lord Brabazon of Tara. The same year, Lord Montagu of Beaulieu followed in his father’s footsteps and launched a motoring periodical – The Veteran & Vintage Magazine. This monthly journal covered Veteran, Edwardian, Vintage and Thoroughbred motoring and motor cycling.

The Montagu Motor Museum proved very popular and in 1959 it moved into a larger, specially made building. Lord Brabazon of Tara again performed the opening ceremony. Public interest in old vehicles continued to grow and Montagu Motor Museums were opened in Brighton by 1961 and Measham in the Midlands by 1962. These satellite museums no longer exist, but the main Montagu Motor Museum at Beaulieu was replaced by the National Motor Museum in 1972 as an independent museum backed by a charitable trust: The National Motor Museum Trust.

Just as his father John Scott Montagu had been a pioneer motorist, Lord Montagu of Beaulieu has been a pioneer of motoring heritage. Enthusiasts had been calling for a motor museum since the early 1900s and a national museum of motoring finally became a reality in 1972. The dedication and perseverance of enthusiasts has always been very important in preserving old vehicles and motor cycles. Lord Montagu of Beaulieu has played a significant role in this story, setting up the National Motor Museum Trust as a charitable organisation and saving this legacy for the nation.

Further Reading

Lord Montagu of Beaulieu, 1959. The Motoring Montagus. London: Cassell.

Tritton, Paul, 1985. John Montagu of Beaulieu, Motoring Pioneer and Prophet. London: Golden Eagle/George Hart.

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Crossley Burney Streamline

Not on Display

Crossley Motors built this variant on the Burney Streamline, a most unorthodox rear-engined saloon car. Sir Dennis Burney, designer of the airship R100 was responsible for the concept behind it.

The interesting features were regarded as ingenious. It had all round independent suspension, and aerodynamic coachwork. The excessive overhang of the rear engine however, caused a few handling problems. Subsequently they were not a success.

Of the 25 originally built, only three examples are known to have survived. This vehicle has, to date, never been properly restored, although it was cosmetically repaired for the BBC children’s drama “Box of Delights”.

Year1934
CountryBritish
Capacity1,991cc
Cylinders6 In-Line
ValvesOverhead
Output60bhp @ 4,200rpm
Maximum speed80mph/128.74kph
Price new£750
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If your Motoring Firsts question has not been answered please contact our Motoring Research Service.

If your general enquiry has not been answered please contact us.

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Share your pictures with us 

Do you have a picture of a car or caravan featured in our Road Rally Hall of Fame? It could be anything from a snap of a 1950s to 1970s car or caravan that you own now to an old caravanning photograph.

Find out more on how to share your pictures by visiting our Flickr gallery.

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Images from the National Motor Museum Trust Photographic Collection are available for purchase on-line through the Motoring Picture Library (MPL).

The National Motor Museum Trust is grateful to H&H Auctions who kindly supported this purchase, enabling the album to be saved for the nation.

The National Motor Museum Redevelopment

This outstanding leather-bound album from the early 1900s, depicts Fowler Steam Engines. It has recently been catalogued by a dedicated team of volunteers and staff, making it available for viewing for the very first time.

Images from the National Motor Museum Trust Photographic Collection are available for purchase on-line through the Motoring Picture Library (MPL).

The work carried out with the Brockenhurst students aimed to make motoring heritage more relevant to young people through the use of fashion and cinematic imagery. This seems to have been successful as one female student commented, “I hadn’t been to the motor museum before the photo shoot, it was my first time, but I would take my mum and boyfriend there now. I’m not really interested in cars but having this project relate them to women it has really helped.”

 

Keep Your Eyes on the Road

In the second project called Keep Your Eyes on the Road, inspired by motoring clothing from the Collection, fashion and textiles students were tasked to think about fashion and motoring through the decades. They were then challenged to create outfits to suit 12 decades of motoring from the 1880s to the 1990s and had the opportunity to participate in a photo shoot modelling their creations next to the vehicles in the Museum.

The making of these two projects and the final results can be seen in this movie.
 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RfHnl2cQJ0

The vertical boiler, believed to have been built by Shand Mason & Co., was of a type used for the pump on horse-drawn fire engines and, although the Grenville is now fitted with a replica, this in turn was built by the same company in the 1930s. Although intended to be operated by two people, it is somewhat easier with three.

The driver has control of the throttle and cut-off levers, the whistle via a foot pedal, and the brake pedal. On the driver’s left and in charge of the tiller sits the steersman whilst at the back the fireman has a small seat in the engine compartment and is responsible for firing the boiler and maintaining its water level. On the flat, the carriage can attain a speed of just under 20mph/32kph and consumes about five gallons of water and 6lbs of coal per mile. There is seating for four passengers.

The Grenville had been on display at Bristol Industrial Museum since 1947. Closed in 2006, plans for the new Museum of Bristol unfortunately left the Grenville without a home. Through the sterling efforts of Bristol's Museums, Galleries and Archives Curator of Industrial & Maritime History, Andy King, the steam carriage was initially displayed at Beaulieu on a two-year loan and became a permanent resident thereafter.

We are indebted to Mr King for his invaluable help in arranging the transfer to the National Motor Museum and also the enthusiastic band of volunteers who travelled all the way from Bristol to demonstrate the Grenville.

 

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