The Car. The Future. Me at British Motor Museum
When we think about museums, we imagine opportunities to explore our past and learn from events and people of history. This year The British Motor Museum has an exciting new exhibition which takes a slightly different angle. "The Car. The Future. Me" presents us with a picture of where the future design of the car may take us and how our relationship with them and our driving experience may evolve.
I went along to find out what the exhibition was all about with my two boys. Children nowadays are very aware of the damage that our lifestyle choices can have on the environment whether it be the over use of plastic or the emission of greenhouse gases so I was interested to see how they engaged with this.
Our journey around the exhibition started with a look at the need to address the environmental concerns associated with driving our petrol and diesel cars and whether electric cars are the answer. There are some examples of electric cars from the past which show how their design has evolved and we were particularly surprised to see one dating back to the late 1800's!
From here we moved on to look at what life may be like if autonomous vehicles become commonplace in a fully connected world and how the structure and organisation of our cities and urban areas would need to change to accommodate it.
My kids really enjoyed the simulator which tests the trust that you place on a driverless vehicle to avoid hazards on the road. They had a lot of fun trying to hold their nerve. This one of the many interactive elements of the exhibition which challenge your preconceptions and pose some interesting questions about how you feel about the future of travel.
If you have visited the Museum before you will probably be familiar with the costumed explainers who take families on short interactive tours of some key elements of the collections. This summer, to tie in with the new exhibition, these will be taking on a "Back into the Future" theme looking at how the design of the motor car has evolved over time with new technologies have developed and how people imagined the future would look at various points in the past. We had a lot of fun with 'Maggie' and 'Barry' when we visited and the kids had quite a few sniggers and raised eye brows at the finer design points in the cars we stopped to look at such as indicator flags and keyholes in the doors (!?)
We would definitely recommend a visit before the exhibition comes to an end. There are plenty of hands-on activities to capture the interest of younger visitors as well as information and discussion to give adults and older children a more detailed experience.
The exhibition is included within the Museum entrance fee. Museum entry is £14.50 for adults, £12.50 for concessions, £9 for children (5-16 years) and under 5s are FREE. There is also the option to Gift Aid or donate your entry fee and get an Annual Pass in return, at no extra cost.
To find out more about the British Motor Museum and the exhibition please visit https://www.britishmotormuseum.co.uk or call 01926 641188.
Local Mum of two boys and editor of Raring2go! in Solihull and South Warwickshire.
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