British Commercial Vehicle Museum
The British Commercial Vehicle Museum was founded in 1983 and cherishes some of the most interesting and historic vehicles from our past. Exhibits are regularly changed so that each year there is always something new to see.
The building which houses the Museum dates back to the 1930s when it was part of the huge Leyland Motors factory. Customers used to come here to inspect their brand new lorries or buses before taking delivery of them. If they visited the Museum today, they would find a huge transformation. Over 60 vehicles are on display, tracing the development of both public and commercial transport from times well before the advent of motorways.
Visitors can admire horse-drawn vehicles from the 1880s and learn how they gave way first to steam driven, then petrol & diesel powered motor lorries & buses.
All exhibits are conveniently displayed so that visitors can take their time and enjoy being able to move easily between exhibits to inspect them from all sides.
Walkways have few roped-off areas and are wheelchair friendly, enabling visitors to get really close to early steam wagons; vintage ﬁre-engines; double-deck & single-deck buses.
The Museum also encourages visitors to “Climb Aboard”, rather than just stand and observe from a distance. You can climb behind the wheel of a vintage lorry or experience the comforts of a modern truck cab, or admire the Pope-mobile, a specially built vehicle for Pope Paul’s visit in 1982, while children love the vintage fire engines with their big brass bells.
The British Commercial Vehicle Museum’s Archives department holds historic archives, technical documents and many thousands of photographs from the old Leyland Vehicles Group of companies which included vehicles from manufacturers such as Leyland, Albion, AEC, Scammell & Guy.
Technical documents include specification and chassis build sheets for these makes, and these can be made available to vehicle restorers, repairers and authors seeking information.
The Museum’s vast collection of period photographs has been reclaimed from glass plate images and, after careful digital restoration by specialist archivists, now includes an ever growing library of pictures on file. These are also available for purchase on-line via the Museum’s website.
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The British Commercial Vehicle Museum
Tel: +(44) 01772 451011
Please note: the British Commercial Vehicle Museum closed for refurbishment on 01 October 2017, after receiving support from the Heritage Lottery Fund for a major renovation and refurbishment.
Please check the Museum’s website for details of when it will re-open.
Please check the website for the latest information regarding admission fees.
As the Museum closed for refurbishment on 01 October 2017, no information was available at the time of writing.