British Motor Museum Volunteers

British Motor Museum Volunteers

Thursday, 21 March 2019

1960 STANDARD ENSIGN (Part 19)

The final and time consuming work towards completion

It’s been some time since our last blog on the Ensign, as progress with some of the final tasks has been slow. This relates to three main areas; preparing and fitting the interior trim, investigating and fixing oil and water leaks and attending to a long snagging list, prior to the car’s MOT test.
The trim fitting cannot be rushed and of course this has to be done in the right order. Items such as the dashboard, glove box, courtesy lights and switches, door window winder mechanisms, locks and springs take time to fix and adjust. Then there are the door cards and cappings to fit, together with all the handles, levers and locks. New red carpet and underlay were acquired for the boot and cabin floor. The cutting and fitting took a lot of time and patience, but it really started to transform the look of the interior. 



Monday, 25 February 2019

Come and join us – the Museum requires more volunteer guides

Since the refurbishment of the British Motor Museum and the opening of the Collections Centre just over 2 years ago there’s been a large increase in visitor numbers. The Museum has also been the recipient of a number of awards, the latest being the prestigious VisitEngland Visitor Attraction Welcome Accolade. As a result the Museum is in need of more volunteers, particularly at weekends, to help in providing and maintaining a great customer experience in the Collections Centre.

So, if you’d like to join our volunteer team and have the time to help us between 11am and 4pm on a Saturday or Sunday, then our Volunteer Coordinator, Sonja Dosanjh would love to hear from you.
The role is about offering a warm and friendly welcome, giving visitors an experience they will want to repeat. You can bring the history of the collection to life for people of all ages.
Some of the volunteer team at a recent gathering

Throughout the year, particularly during the summer months, the Museum site becomes the home to many types of external events, shows, car club meets etc., which really gives a buzz to the whole place, not normally experienced in the week.

Below are three quotes from weekend volunteers which sum up the experience very well:-

Volunteering at the weekends is incredibly rewarding; it is great to see how people react to the vehicles in the collection.  For older visitors it's a trip down memory lane and a conversation that usually starts – “Have you got a..." and ends with a happy anecdote or two from the visitor.  There's a real sense of job satisfaction from knowing that you've enhanced someone's trip to the museum.

Volunteering at the British Motor Museum is a really rewarding and fun experience. Engaging with visitors about cars they have owned, helped build or wanted since their childhood is a fantastic way to hear new stories and share your own knowledge of the amazing vehicles and their history.

Volunteering at the Museum has introduced me to new people, enabled me to learn new knowledge and skills and above all, share my passion for the unique collection we have at the British Motor Museum. I wouldn't hesitate in recommending volunteering in the Collections Centre - here, we look after and share with our visitors some real gems in the collection, enhancing their experience by sharing knowledge and inspiring younger visitors through some of the awesome vehicles housed within its walls. 

So, if you’d like to know more, then do contact Sonja by email at
volunteers@britishmotormuseum.co.uk or give her a call on 01926 927820 or check our website.