Shell Heritage Art Collection News Archive

News from 2018

Prize winners 2018 – Creative Fun at the National Motor Museum

Creative fun competition entry
Hugo Cracroft aged 8, winning poster for the favourite creation chosen by Beaulieu’s Facebook page visitors

In August 2018,  visitors to the National Motor Museum took part in a range of creative summer activities.  These were inspired by our one-year project, The Drive for Change, commemorating 100 years since The Representation of the People Act was passed, allowing some women, and all men, to vote for the first time.

Sponsored by the Shell Heritage Art Collection and the Caravan and Motorhome Club, families were inspired by our Collections to discover how the use of cars and caravans became central to spreading the message of the Suffrage campaign in the early twentieth century.

The winners received  their prizes from the Shell Heritage Art Collection and National Motor Museum at a prize giving ceremony at the National Motor Museum Beaulieu on the day of the annual Fireworks Spectacular.

25 years of Shell Heritage Art Collection at the National Motor Museum

In 2018 we celebrated 25 years since the Shell Heritage Art Collection arrived at the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu. Previously stored at Shell-Mex House in London, the Collection was officially inaugurated at Beaulieu by Prince Michael of Kent on the 21st May 1993.

Photograph of Prince Michael (centre), Lord Montagu (left) and John Collins from Shell
Prince Michael (centre), Edward Lord Montagu (left) and John Collins, Chairman of Shell (image credit: Southern Daily Echo)

The National Motor Museum’s Director of Collections, Andrea Bishop said “During the past 25 years the National Motor Museum Trust’s relationship with Shell has proven invaluable in helping us deliver engaging displays and activities for our visitors. The wonderful imagery in the Shell Heritage Art Collection complements the Museum’s world renowned Collection, adding colour and vibrancy to the way we tell the story of motoring here at Beaulieu. We look forward to the next chapter of this highly successful collaboration”.

To celebrate the 25 year anniversary of this important relationship between the National Motor Museum and the Shell Heritage Art Collection announced that a new poster had been commissioned on the enduring Shell theme of ‘Visit Britain’.  More details can be found here

Votes for Women

Shell Postcard, Votes for Women, Suffragettes (1908). Caption reads 'Every lady votes Shell - motor spirit unequalled' and shows a suffragette holding up a can of Shell Motor Spirit, whilst women in the crowd raise their hands. Artist not given.
Shell Postcard, Votes for Women, 1908

The UK’s Vote 100 project marks the centenary of the Representation of the People Act 1918, which gave the first votes for women. The change was bought about by the Suffragette movement, led by strong women.

To celebrate this event in 2018 The Shell Heritage Art Collection will be highlighting female artists from our collection who have played strong, prominent roles in their professions of commercial and fine art.

Find out more on our Votes for Women blog page

 

 

 

Drive for Change online exhibition

A group of students carrying out research in The National Motor Museum Collections Centre

History undergraduate students from the University of Southampton have recently been researching the Shell Heritage Art Collection, the Caravan and Motorhome Club Collection and the National Motor Museum Trust collection. Their brief was to explore the role of motoring in the women’s suffrage movement and the inspirational stories of those who were involved.

One of the outcomes of this project is the Drive for Change online exhibition curated and written by the undergraduates.

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