Motor Museum unveils safety exhibition

The National Motor Museum in Beaulieu is unveiling a new exhibition on motoring safety that chronicles how safety technology has developed.

The museum’s ‘Driving Change’ exhibition will feature an interactive exhibition showing safety technology and will also use push-buttons to show facts about how safety has evolved with motoring innovations and technology throughout history. It also features a talking crash-test dummy as a gallery guide.

Legislation and gadgets are explored, with film footage, memorabilia and cars from the museum’s collection telling the story of motoring right up to modern cars, as well as making predictions for the future.

Collections director Andrea Bishop said, ‘Driving Change takes a look at the history of developments to help tell the story of the future. Topics explored include vehicle design, engineering, materials, alternative propulsion, safety and car crime – considering issues which affect motorists today, yet have roots in motoring history.’

The museum’s Chief Executive Russell Bowman added, ‘We are delighted to welcome visitors to this exciting new display for the start of our new season.’

The new display received funding of £98,590 from the Department for Culture, Media & Sport/Wolfson Museums & Galleries Improvement Fund.

The gallery is the latest phase of the museum’s programme for an extensive re-display of its motoring collections to engage with visitors in more imaginative ways, and follows previous galleries that told the story of motorsport.

There is also a contest to name the life-size talking dummy. The winner will be rewarded with a special pass to visit Beaulieu as often as they like throughout the year. The closing date is on March 18, and interested parties can click here for more details.