Lottery fuels motor museum garage project

BEAULIEU’S National Motor Museum is getting into gear after receiving 250 000 of National Lottery cash to commission a garage reconstruction from Brennan & Whalley.

BEAULIEU’S National Motor Museum is getting into gear after receiving 250 000 of National Lottery cash to commission a garage reconstruction from Brennan & Whalley.

The Heritage Lottery Fund is paying half of the project’s 500 000 costs.

Consultancy director Dennis Brennan says a leaflet his consultancy designed seven months ago for the museum was “enormously instrumental” in helping to raise 250 000 from the motor industry, the sum needed to match the lottery funds requested.

Motorworks will be a reconstruction of a 1939 garage. It will open in March 1997 and become the museum’s permanent central exhibit.

“It’s a piece of dressing, we’ll have models of guys with their legs sticking out of car bonnets and music of the time playing,” says Brennan.

The 300m2 exhibit’s features will include an interactive gallery, blacksmith’s forge and a vehicle servicing area featuring a breakdown lorry and the wreck of a crashed Bullnose Morris car.

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