The Heritage Lottery Funded Caravans & Charabancs project enabled the National Motor Museum to employ an Outreach and Access Project Officer and hire published poet Matthew West, to develop and deliver community education and outreach events.
Local libraries, primary schools, colleges and care homes helped host outreach events for over 250 participants. Many visited the Caravans & Charabancs display in the Museum and enjoyed dressing up in replica 1920s clothing and sitting in the 1922 Maxwell Charabanc. School pupils also experienced a journey on the Beaulieu veteran bus which was captured on film.
During the project handling boxes were created, containing original and replica Caravans & Charabancs related items, to inspire reminiscence and learning. Ipads were also loaded with images and documents from the Collections. These resources were used in care homes, schools and libraries where they stimulated personal memories, interest and discussion among the participants.
Poet Matthew West delivered a range of Caravans & Charabancs themed poetry writing sessions to care home residents, volunteer groups and clubs. Whilst researching the project many poems were discovered in early motoring magazines which were used to develop participants’ ideas. Nursery rhymes were employed as a guide for creating individual poems; slogans were written for Collection images; and in response to an image of a charabanc outing, group poems were devised. A selection of this work was displayed on 250 First Group Buses around Hampshire during March 2016.
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