Silverstone museum gets the chequered flag
Silverstone racetrack in Northamptonshire, the home of British Formula One, has received a lottery grant to help fund the construction of a £20M motor racing museum.
Contractors are now being sought for the project, which involves the conversion of a World War II hangar on the former aerodrome site. A large extension to the existing structure is also planned.
Chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund Sir Peter Luff said: “Silverstone is a place where so many legends of British motor racing have their roots. The speed and glamour, though, are only part of the success of motorsport since the late 1940s.”
“When completed this project will help visitors, many of whom will know little about Silverstone’s history, to understand much more about the site’s heritage.”
According to a spokesperson for Silverstone racetrack, the project will bring the extensive heritage of Silverstone and British motor racing to life for an estimated half a million visitors a year, through the creation of a dynamic, interactive and educational visitor experience.
The Silverstone Heritage Experience will include a permanent exhibition that will take visitors on an exciting two-hour journey through motor racing past, present and future.
The latest technology will be used to tell the stories of the people that have been part of the site’s history, from medieval monks and WWII air crew to the racing drivers, riders, engineers and marshals of today.
A Collections and Research Centre, offering museum and archive accredited storage for the unique British Racing Drivers’ Club archive and other motor sport collections as well as a specialist library and learning space for school groups will also be included.
The Project Architect, heading up the building services team, is Jane Lock-Smith of Cube Design who was awarded Architect of the Year at the Women in Construction Awards 2016.