- Created: 05 February 2014
The National Motorcycle Museum will commemorate its 30-year anniversary with a series of events. The events will aim to make more people aware about the history of the motorcycle industry, which is “one of Britain’s great engineering achievements,” according to the museum’s website.
The museum, which is located in Birmingham, was established in 1984 and has evolved from a private collection of 200 motorbikes into the world’s largest motorcycle museum. The museum now has a collection of 950 machines and attracts over 250,000 visitors each year. It also has conference facilities that see 1,200 events and more than 200,000 delegates per year.
As part of the celebrations, the museum will hold screenings of key local races, such as the GB MotoGP. It will also organise a pop-up art gallery, called “A Celebration of the Motorcycle,” that will display the work of artists, art students and school children.
The museum will also host a venue showcase event that will bring together corporate event bookers, agents and wedding planners, who will be given the chance to have a look around its conference and banquet facilities.
Celebrations for the anniversary will end with 80s-themed parties during the Christmas festive season.
The museum has achieved a lot over the past 30 years, but it considers its recovery after a fire in 2003 as one of its biggest successes. The fire affected 75% of the building and damaged 400 machines, but it managed to quickly deal with the consequences and re-opened in just over a year.