The project vision is to bring the extensive heritage of Silverstone and British motor racing to life through the creation of a dynamic, interactive and educational visitor experience including:
A series of interactive exhibitions and displays will be housed within the only remaining Second World War hangar at the Silverstone site, right at the main entrance to the circuit. The hangar will be fully refurbished and re-clad to create a fantastic, authentic backdrop. A new building linked to the hangar will house the archives of the British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC), a unique collection charting the history of the Club.
Sally Reynolds, CEO of Silverstone Heritage Limited, said: “We were delighted to hear that our bid has been successful. This means that work on the project can start in the New Year and that the Silverstone Heritage Experience can open to the public in spring 2019.”
The project will ensure that the heritage of Silverstone and British motor racing is explained and interpreted for today’s public as well as being protected for future generations. It will bring to life Silverstone’s history, not only through the exhibition, but also a physical heritage trail around the wider site, supported by a mobile downloadable app. This will help navigate visitors around the history of the site which dates back around 5,000 years ago in the Bronze Age, and continues to the 12th century with the establishment of Luffield Priory, the development of Luffield Farm in the 18th century and right up to the Second World War airfield with the establishment of RAF Silverstone in 1943.
Chris Mather, chief executive, Mather & Co said this was a flagship project for Mather & Co who have helped to secure HLF funding to bring the plans and designs to life. “As the lead consultant we will work hard to ensure that the heritage of Silverstone and British motor racing, and the relevant collections are given a rightful home in new state-of-the-art surroundings for everyone to enjoy,” he said. “The story of Silverstone is broader than just Formula 1, the site has a rich and diverse history which has remained untold to the wider public until now and warrants further investigation and interpretation in a modern and dynamic visitor centre.”
Silverstone Heritage Experience Features
- A permanent exhibition at the entrance to the Circuit that will take visitors on an exciting journey through motor racing at Silverstone set against the wider context of the sport and, in particular, the part that the circuit, its owners, the BRDC and the UK- based motor sport industry have played in its development worldwide.
- A Collections and Research Centre offering museum and archive-accredited storage for the unique BRDC archive and other motor sport collections as well as a specialist library and learning space for school groups.
- A series of themed tours stopping at iconic sites around the Circuit.
- An extensive formal education programme focused on science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) that aims to inspire future engineers.