Cotswold Motor Museum
This was the official website for the Cotswold Motor Museum for a number of years.
Content is from the site's 2005 -2006 archived pages.
The current website for the Cotswold Motor Museum is found at: www.cotswoldmotoringmuseum.co.uk/
Cotswold Motoring Museum
& Toy Collection
Located in the beautiful Cotswold village of Bourton-on-the-Water, the Cotswold Motoring Museum is a fascinating journey through the 20th Century.
Though the main focus is on motoring, the Museum is full of the everyday paraphernalia that made motoring so popular including picnic sets from the 1920s, alongside caravans, radio sets, gramophones and knitted swimsuits.
Throughout the Museum there are showcases packed with memorabilia. Can you imagine a car alarm that fills the car with smoke? A mechanical hand used for indicating? All these items are enveloped in an atmosphere of the era created by hundreds of advertising signs and music of the time.
You can visit Brum at his home and see where he was filmed. The little super hero car whose adventures start and end at the museum can be found at the museum everyday.
While you are visiting the museum, why not make a break of it by staying in one of our fabulous self catering cottages.
The Cotswold Motoring Museum is owned and run by csma (Civil Service Motoring Association).
csma is a not-for-profit motoring and leisure organisation which was founded in 1923 and now has more than 380,000 members. The Museum was acquired in 1999 when the original owner retired. The Museum reflects the motoring history of the csma and caring for the Museum is something for which we are extremely proud.
Since 1999 csma have invested heavily in the Museum. Much of the initial investment has been made to repair and improve the listed buildings, raising health and safety standards, improving facilities for visitors with disabilities in accordance with the Disability Discrimination Act and providing opportunities to make the Museum commercially sustainable. Working with museum support agencies we have raised standards of visitor care and introduced policies to improve collections care, access, interpretation and education. In 2005/6 we are building a new gallery which will allow us to expand our collection to cover motoring in the 1960s and 70s.
In 2003 the Museum won the Heart of England Tourist Board's isitor Attraction of the Year and in 2004 we won the Museums and Heritage Award for our interpretation project "Big Ideas for Small Children".
The collection neatly represents a slice of motoring history from the 20th Century. The big showstoppers are, of course, the 31 cars, the caravans, the motorcycles, the dozens of bicycles, but what will really take your breath away is the huge amount of related material. It is the showcases packed with motoring paraphernalia, the old garage equipment, the walls filled with enamel signs, the petrol pumps and globes, everything connected with motoring from branded hat pins to an AA box. Around these objects we weave stories, history, facts and feelings to create a Museum where we hope the past will inspire future generations.
Plan a Visit
Where are we?
The Cotswold Motoring Museum is located in the beautiful Cotswold village of Bourton-on-the-Water. Do you need directions? Bourton-on-the-Water is a quaint Cotswold stone village, with the sparkling River Windrush flowing through it.
We unfortunately have no parking available on the museum site, however there are plenty of pay & display car-parks within a few minutes walk. There are also free parking spaces for two hours situated along the High street in Bourton, these are close to the museum, but can often be busy in peak seasons.
We are open 10-6, seven days a week from Feb 12th 2005 to October 30th 2005. Please look at out our admissions page for prices.
Disabled access is available all the way throughout the museum and Bourton on the water is particularly good for wheel chairs as much of it is on the flat.
Pushchairs can also be easily used all the way through. We unfortunately can not provide anywhere to store pushchairs, however they can be left undercover outside of the museum at risk to the owner.
If you have any concerns or special requirements regarding the above, please contact us.
What else is there to do in Bourton-on-the-Water?
The pretty village of Bourton has a large variety of shops, containing quality products from gifts and toys to collectables and furniture. There are also many other local attractions within a few minutes walk of the museum to help make the most of your visit.
The Cotswold Motoring Museum car collection is full of cars you had and cars you only dreamt of owning. How many of you can spot the car you learnt to drive in or our 1970s caravan where you spent your long summer holidays?
Some key exhibits include our London taxi which has over 700,000 miles on the clock and has visited most major cities in Europe, whilst the Jaguar Xk140s sleek black lines are there to be drooled over. Many of the cars are what you, your father or grandfather will have driven as their first car: the Morris Minor or the Austin Seven, whilst for those who know them, the MGs are always a favourite. One of our new acquisitions, a mustard coloured Mini clubman from 1972, has only had one lady driver and is the ultimate in low cost motoring continuing the standards established by Austin and Morris.
Not only do we have our 30 cars on database for you to admire, we have the details of all our motorbikes and caravans available too.
Our caravans are from the 1920s and 1970s. Can you imagine sleeping a family of four in one of those?
As part of our vehicle collection we also have several motorcycles and scooters some of the more famous among the collection is the Levis owned by Harold Breach. Motorcycle football was once very popular in Gloucestershire and often attracted crowds of over 10,000 supporters. Our Levis belonged to Harold a well known player for Gloucester. A new exhibition about motorcycle football is planned for our new gallery.
Another bike to have a look at on our database is the Brough Superior, regarded as a super bike capable of high speeds, nicknamed by many 'the widow maker' because of the large number of fatalities, most notably Laurence of Arabia was killed on his Brough Superior.
Are you studying for school or college, looking for a parent's first car or maybe working on a restoration project or just interested? Search our easy to use Museum database before looking any further…