Silverstone Heritage Limited has been awarded a £9.1 million grant by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). The funding will be used the build the Silverstone Heritage Experience; a new dynamic, interactive and educational visitor experience dedicated to the history of British motor racing and the Silverstone race track.
Commenting on the announcement, Sally Reynolds, CEO of Silverstone Heritage Limited, said, “We were delighted to hear that our bid has been successful. This means that work on the project can start in the New Year and that the Silverstone Heritage Experience can open to the public in spring 2019.”
Highlights of the Silverstone Heritage Experience include:
- An exhibition of the history of motor racing housed in a refurbished WWII hangar
- The story of Silverstone takes in medieval monks, WWII air crews as well as racing drivers, riders, engineers and marshals.
- Museum and archive accredited storage for the unique British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC) archive in an educational Collections and Research Centre.
The exhibitions, designed by Mather and Co, will include the latest technology to tell the story of the UK’s influential role in the development of global motor sport.
Sir Peter Luff, Chair of HLF, added, “Silverstone is a place where so many legends of British motor racing have their roots. The speed and the glamour, though, are only part of the success of British motorsport since the late 1940s. Thanks to National Lottery players, more of the stories in this exciting heritage can now be told; stories of drivers and sporting glory, yes, but also of the extraordinary creativity of British engineering and of all the people behind the scenes who, quite literally, have kept the show on the road. When completed this project will help visitors, many of whom will know little about these aspects of Silverstone’s heritage, to understand much more about the context and importance of this internationally renowned racing circuit.”