The British Commercial Vehicle Museum in Leyland is one of three finalists shortlisted for a prestigious national award in the inaugural Royal Automobile Club Historic Awards.
The Royal Automobile Club’s Historic Awards are a new set of annual accolades recognising excellence and outstanding contributions to the UK’s historic motoring and motorsport industries. The British Commercial Vehicle Museum has been nominated in the ‘Collection’ award category, which recognises significant contribution to the historic motoring movement in the UK or internationally. The other finalists are The Jim Clark Motorsport Museum and The Bugatti Trust.
The British Commercial Vehicle Museum is the UK’s only motor museum dedicated to preserving the nation’s rich commercial vehicle heritage. It tells the big story of Britain’s big vehicles – the workhorses and engines that powered the industrial revolution, and that keep the economy motoring today.
After hearing the exciting news, Museum Trustee Keith Moyes said: “It is a huge honour to be selected as a finalist in the first ever Royal Automobile Club Historic Awards. We are absolutely delighted for the museum to be recognised as one of the best historic motor vehicle collections in the UK – it is a tribute to the fantastic team of staff and volunteers who work so hard for the Museum every day.”
Representatives from the Museum will be heading to London on Thursday 21 November 2019, when the winner will be announced.
In January 2019 the British Commercial Vehicle Museum reopened following a £2.4m refurbishment, made possible by a £1.8m grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The major works programme completely transformed the Museum and has helped to secure its future, meaning that the important story of Britain’s rich commercial vehicle heritage will be told for generations to come.
The museum building is the sole surviving part of the original 1930s Leyland Motors factory. Today more than 60 vehicles are displayed, tracing the development of both public and commercial transport from times well before the advent of motorways.
Submitted by British Commercial Vehicle Museum