Get Kids Out Learning

For many years the museum has encouraged school groups of all ages to visit the museum and enjoy a range of hands-on learning opportunities. These include workshops on transport and toys, quizzes, games even an opportunity to sit on the grey Fergusson tractor.

Given the museum’s enthusiasm for providing a location, away from the classroom, for an enjoyable learning experience for all school-age children, it seemed relevant that when invited, the museum should become a partner with ‘Get Kids Out Learning’.

‘Get Kids Out Learning’ is a scheme run by a company called Tutorful who specialise in web-based tutoring. Founded by a primary school teacher Tutorful claim 8,500 tutors across UK, with half a million visits to their website each month and a record of working with 50,000 families.

Through ‘Get Kids Out Learning’, Tutorful are encouraging more families to switch off the smartphone and laptop and head outside to create learning experiences, memorable for years to come. Children love being outdoors – learning through play and being inspired to explore the world around them. A visit to the museum could be just one such opportunity.

The Tutorful website provides an easy way for families to find local fun days out which provide great learning and educational opportunities for the children. The website allows parents to quickly search any particular region to see all the information they need to plan a great day out! Any parent searching for days out in Gloucestershire will now find the museum as one of their choices.

Although the summer holidays are now fast becoming a distant memory, the scheme has year-round significance and the museum is looking forward to the partnership with ‘Get Kids Out Learning’. We couldn’t think of a better way to promote learning outside of school, than this not-for-profit initiative!

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Another Brum – Part 2

Since we heard from Luke back in March, about the other Brum that he is building, he has clearly been very busy and he has been keeping our Graham up-to-date. In August he wrote to Graham to say that his Brum was progressing very well and that he could now “go places”! Luke wondered if, at some point, he might bring him for a short visit to the  Museum so that the “cousins” could meet. An enthralling prospect! Meanwhile Luke tells us that his Brum now has motor power and servos for the steering and steering wheel. He also has working lights “so he isn’t blind driving along the pavement”.

Great work Luke and thanks again for keeping us in the picture – talking of which your latest picture is below.Brum (002)

Another Brum

A recent visitor to the museum was particularly interested in seeing Brum and he also had an interesting tale to tell. Apparently, he and his Dad have been building another Brum. To prove the point, when he arrived home he sent us some pictures and here they are:

He tells us that his Brum is 120 x 60 x 80 cm and just look at that front suspension; it looks very professional and could make our Brum quite jealous!

Luke, we would love to see more pictures as your project progresses and a few words to tell us about your work would be great.

Thanks for contacting us and sending your photos.

BRUM speaks out ….

Hello everyone. It’s been a little while since I grabbed the headlines in this blog, but then I’m a modest little chap really, living quietly next to my best friend, the XK140 Jaguar, in the museum’s Mill Gallery. I’m quite happy to let others make the news while I amuse the children in the museum. However, I’ve been keeping up with the latest news on these so-called driverless cars and my antifreeze is starting to bubble. I have to speak!

It all started when my guardian Graham (you know, the young one at the museum) sent out this rather fetching photo of me having fun in the snow. See for yourself – I do seem to be ageing very well even if I say it myself.


Anyhow, back to the point, a very observant recipient of Graham’s message was concerned that Father Christmas’s hat might be blocking my driver’s view of the road and even suggested that I might be committing some sort of motoring offence. Well, I WAS offended! DRIVER indeed! Have you ever seen anyone sitting in my driver’s seat? See those headlights, well those are my eyes and I haven’t hit anything (much) in the last 25 years – that hat is no problem at all!

My cooling system was churning, my suspension went all wobbly and my doors and bonnet went into a flap ……. but I’m alright now. I have been far too modest for far too long! Time to speak out.

Twenty-five years ago, I was driving around the streets of Bourton on the Water and even around very big towns all by myself – I was even given a good rubbing down by a very nice bunch of firemen. (I’m told you can see me on something called your tub I think it was).

So, when you read about all these NEW self-drive, auto-ominous cars, just remember I was doing all that 25 years ago. Don’t you think that was impressive? Do you think that was a WORLD first? Could I be famous? Do you think Mr Google might want to talk to me? Oooh, I’m getting quite excited.

Ah, hang on …… Graham has just whispered in my wing mirror. It seems that driving on the road without a driver, 25 years go, may not have been entirely legal, he said something about a crusher – not sure what that is but it doesn’t sound very nice. I think I’ll just have to keep my bonnet down for a while.

Have a wheely Happy Christmas and don’t forget to come and see me next year. I’m told we reopen on 11th February 2017. Toot toot.

The Conservation Workshop

A smart new building has appeared in the grounds of the Cotswold Motoring Museum and Toy Collection. On the 1st and 2nd December 2016, Dunster House buildings delivered and erected the 15-square metre building on an existing concrete slab in the museum gardens. Not only has this tidied up a rather unsightly corner of the garden but, more importantly, it has provided a dry, secure space in which museum staff and volunteers can work on those items in the museum collection that need a spot of tlc.



Currently, such work is performed in the meeting room on the first floor of the main museum building and must share space with all the other activities that take place in that room. Before a school visit, for example, work must be moved out of harm’s way or made safe from little fingers. The new building, once fitted out will be used as a clean work area where items can be safely left whilst they are being restored. It will also become part of the ‘visitor experience’ with the large glass area providing an opportunity to see on-going restoration work.

The purchase of the workshop, erection and fitting out is being funded by the Friends of the Museum using funds generated over the years through donations and the sales of raffle tickets, model car sets, badges and refreshments from the shepherd’s hut.

The application of timber preservative and fitting out will hopefully be completed before the museum reopens on 11 February 2017.


North Cotswold Community Radio comes to the Museum

On Saturday 16 July, North Cotswold Community Radio (NCCR) ran a live outside broadcast from the Motor Museum in Bourton on the Water. Between 10am and 4pm, the internet radio station broadcast from the museum forecourt and interviewed staff and Friends of the museum as well as visitors. Two classic cars belonging to Friends of the museum and the museum Land Rover were on display and there was live music at intervals throughout the day. IMG_4128

A fund raising trip of a lifetime between Oxford England and Oxford New Zealand, undertaken in 2004/5 in a Morris Oxford, was described by the intrepid travellers, Jo and Tim Nicholson. As well as their radio interview, photographs were on display for museum visitors to admire. In all, a great atmosphere in front of the museum with visitors enjoying the July sunshine.


Praise is always good but ……

It is always good to receive praise but when it comes as a complete surprise and is completely unsolicited, then it is even better.

Clive Montellier generously left his highly complementary views of the museum on his blog. Here is a sample:

“One of the great joys of having a base in the Cotswold is the proximity of my favourite motoring museum of all time, the Cotswold Motoring Museum in Bourton-on-the-Water. At a time when more and more museums seem to be subscribing to the adage that ‘less is more’ and hiding the bulk of their collections away, the Bourton museum seems to squeeze more in every time we visit. Nor are the exhibits hidden away behind ropes and barriers. Barring the hundreds of small items that really do have to be in display cases, everything is either out on display or attached to the wall as appropriate, giving the visitor the chance to peer up close at the collection and leaving one with the rather nice feeling of being regarded as an adult capable of treating the artefacts with a bit of respect.”

Clive’s full blog entry can be found at this link. Many thanks Clive.