British Motor Museum in Gaydon to host Easter activities for people at home

The museum team have put together a programme of activities and events – bringing the museum to people’s homes

By Kirstie Smith, Reporter
Saturday, 27th March 2021, 11:07 am

Like all indoor attractions in Britain, the British Motor Museum in Gaydon will not be allowed to open its doors and welcome visitors this Easter.

Instead they have put together a programme of activities and events – bringing the museum to people’s homes.

Throughout April families can enjoy their own six minute taster tour of the museum and meet some of the cars and characters that they can see when the museum reopens.

James Ellison author of Bessie the Bus and member of the British Motor Museum's learning team. Photo supplied

There is also a host of online family Easter and April activities that focus around the 1923 big red London Bus that resides on the museum’s Time Road and is kindly on long-term loan from the London Transport Museum.

Activities include an Easter themed colouring in sheet inspired by the 1923 London Bus, a spot the difference activity, and an online jigsaw of a bus in 1972 - families are encouraged to discuss the differences between this bus and buses today, including how the passengers are dressed.

The virtual tour and activities are all available online at: with children under the age of five can enjoy the April Mini Motorists story time -‘Bessie the Bus’ written by James Ellison (a member of the learning team) and narrated and illustrated by Graham Robson (one of the museum’s volunteers).

It is available to watch online anytime in April at: Mini Motorists toddler sessions will continue online every month until later in the summer when the Museum hopes to bring them back in person in the Museum.

They will then take place every third Monday of the month and are an activity for parents and carers to explore the museum with the child friendly guides.

Grown-ups and motoring enthusiasts can take part in the free online discussion about the Canley Car Factory on April 6 from 2pm to 3pm.

The talk will showcase some of the many Canley documents from their archive and discuss how the company looked after its workers with sickness and benevolent funds.

It will also discuss the work of the unions and its charity drives for schools and hospitals and share some of the poignant photographs of the last cars made on the production line.

The museum has plenty to share at this event, but would also like to hear peoples stories and are encouraging anyone who lived around, or worked in, Canley to join this discussion as these stories will be inspiration for the museum’s next exhibition.

For more information go to: Museum will continue to monitor the Government advice but it hopes to reopen on May 17.