We are delighted that the British Commercial Vehicle museum will be re-opening this Saturday 18 July 2020.
The management team have been working hard to ensure the museum is ready for reopening and have put the required COVID 19 safety measures in place, to ensure their visitors, staff and volunteers are kept safe.
The museum building was formally part of Leyland Motor’s and the town’s history. It dates from the 1930s and formed part of the company’s South Works. For most of its life it housed the Customer Inspection Department, where lorries and buses arriving from production were closely inspected by purchasers before they took delivery.
In 1983 the building was transformed into The Museum. However, it was too cold to open to the public in winter months and the roof frequently needed repair to keep out the rain. In 2018 a complete transformation of the facilities took place funded by Heritage Lottery Funding, and generous support from sponsors. The old café and cinema were demolished, and new facilities provided. A ‘State-of-the Art’ Conference Suite and a new building for the Archive Dept. have been constructed. There are new heating and lighting systems installed, and the layout of the exhibition hall totally changed. They now have a motor museum which should be high on the list for anyone seeking ‘somewhere to go’!
Tim Haley is a trustee of the museum and haleys have been delighted to assist the museum in obtaining cash flow flexibility during the lock down period and coming months.
Many best wishes to Keith Moyes and his team for this weekend.