Maintaining a museum requires a lot of effort, especially when it features classic cars. The Black Country Living Museum has one of the most impressive collections of vintage vehicles in the UK, and thanks to public efforts, the collection continues to grow and improve. A recent donation from philanthropist Alexander Patrick of the Patrick Foundation has helped the museum move forward with its Forging Ahead campaign.
The campaign is part of a forty year plan to create an exciting attraction based on the Black Country’s heritage. The project will feature the creation of a 1940s to ‘60s village to reflect what went on in the Black Country during the period. Patrick has pledged to donate £30,000 for the next ten years to help the museum reach its target of £21.7 million. In addition, he’s also donated a further £100,000 and five vintage vehicles to bolster the collection.
Museum Director, Andrew Lovett has described how happy he is with the arrangement. “We are absolutely thrilled to receive such a generous donation from The Patrick Foundation towards our exciting project for the museum, its visitors and the wider community. I personally can’t wait to see the vintage vehicles help to bring our new 1940s – 60s town to life.”
The vehicles that are being donated include a Morris Minor Van, Daimler Majestic Major, 1939 Alvis Speed 25, Daimler SP250 and 1933 Austin 10 Patrick Special. Alexander Patrick mentioned that “many years ago I was a trustee of the development trust here and we had been looking at ways that we could associate with the museum. Then the opportunity came for us to get involved with the new 1940s – 1960s development. The cars are all family cars and my father used to drive the Daimler SP250 and the little Austin we put the body on back in the 1930s, so they’re special. We have also made a considerable donation to enable the new project to go ahead.”
The donation has gone a long way to preserving the future of the Black Country Living Museum. It adds value to the venue and ensures that visitors will be able to admire the beauty of historical vehicles.