Motoring Archives

A volunteer inspecting a historic document from the National Motor Museum Trusts archives
Engineer Greville Dawson at work with a model of Bluebird CN-8

The Motoring Archives represent a variety of records illustrative of motoring history. Material is held in support of the National Motor Museum’s wider collections, as well as providing a rich resource for the Motoring Research Service. The archives are largely paper based and include material relating to business, trade associations, and personalities. There are approximately 300 collections, an estimated 100,000 items housed in over 1,000 boxes, equating to 24 cubic metres.

A museum archivist reading a historic document in the National Motor Museum Trust's archive storeCataloguing work is ongoing; a partially complete catalogue, listing several key collections held by the Motoring Archives, can be found on the Archives Hub, a national online database for archival collections.

The Archives contain collections relating to a number of personalities and businesses, a selection of which are listed below.

For further information please contact the National Motor Museum Trust.

Record-breaking vehicles

Golden Arrow
Silver Bullet


Barnes, Frederick William
Campbell, Donald Malcolm
Campbell, Sir Malcolm
Eyston, George Edward Thomas
Gardner, (Alfred Thomas)
Guinness, Algernon Arthur St Lawrence Lee
Guinness, Kenelm Edward Lee
Knight, John Henry
Lambert, Percy Edgar
Roper, Lilian Mary
Seaman, Richard John Beattie
Segrave, Sir Henry O’Neal de Hane
Vaughan, Morna Lloyd
Walker, Graham William

Business related

Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd
Donald Taylor Ltd
Durham, Churchill and Co
Henry Meadows Ltd
Iliffe and Sons Ltd
Jowett Cars Ltd
Lanchester Motor Company
Norton Motors Ltd
Sunbeam Motor Car Company
Vauxhall Motors Ltd
Zenith Carburetter Company

If you would like a copy of any of our images, please visit our dedicated Motoring Picture Library website