The Coventry Transport Museum is celebrating after it was announced that it has won a prestigious Biffa Award Flagship grant. The announcement was made during the Biffa Awards, which took place yesterday at ThinkTank Birmingham Science Museum.
The project to create a dedicated Biffa Award Land Speed Records Gallery is set to receive £498,240 over two years from Biffa Award, a multi-million pound fund that helps to build communities and transform lives through awarding grants to community and environmental projects across the UK. The project was funded under Biffa Award’s ‘Cultural Facilities’ category and will tell the story of land speed records, set against a background of technological development and social change.
The gallery will feature audio and video information that highlights the very personal struggle it takes to bring a land speed record car to life and will incorporate the museum's two iconic land speed record cars, Thrust2 and ThrustSSC - currently the fastest car in the world! It is also hoped that once the new Bloodhound vehicle – currently being developed – achieves a new record of 1000mph it will also be housed at the museum.
The Biffa Award Flagship Scheme is open to unique and exciting, regional projects in either the Rebuilding Biodiversity or Cultural Facilities categories. Biffa Award received 38 applications for Flagship projects, but the Coventry Transport Museum captured the Board’s imagination with their professional approach to managing this project, which will create a unique and exciting exhibition right at the heart of Coventry.
Gillian French, Biffa Award Programme Manager, said:
“The Flagship Scheme is an opportunity to award funding to projects that have something unique and exciting that no other project in the region can offer. We received 38 good quality applications for this year’s Flagship Scheme, but we are delighted for the Coventry Transport Museum on their success. Their inspirational Biffa Award Land Speed Records Gallery will not only ensure the safeguarding this rich cultural history, but it will create a resource that will be enjoyed by the local community as well as creating a fantastic experience for visitors.”