Thanks for your contribution Malcolm and I share your sentiments about the relationship with the Midlands' manufacturing base. In terms of its construction, the Railton is an obvious candidate for Brooklands too.malcolm uk wrote: Once we are out of recession it might be the time to get displays 'sorted out'. Malcolm
On the recession front, I suspect that there may be further difficulties looming for museums and already the cuts being imposed by local authorities are starting to bite the heritage world. I would suggest that the ones that are either directly funded, or heavily supported, by local authorities are likely to face these issues more than the "attractions" such as Beaulieu. Even in recession, visitor numbers in holiday areas tend not to shrink as much as is often predicted. But a city centre museum that is primarily orientated towards the education market and with a high adult admission price may very well do. I would also think that Coventry Transport Museum - that has free admission - could face similar pressures. It is unfortunate that what thinktank appears to have done (or been required to do) is make the best of a building that may be well suited to educational needs but which makes display of large objects, and even small ones in any number, very difficult. Presumably a museum designer was used for all of this, given the budget that they must have had at the time, but the results are, in my opinion, very disappointing. For Birmingham, re-displaying the ground floor - without the Railton - would allow at least a more comprehensive display of Birmingham made vehicles and would create a better link with the story of its industrial growth since the time of Boulton and Watt.
Anyway. Here's some more pics!