'Are we nearly there yet?' - arriving in Mansfield
Beep beep! An exhibition celebrating the world of the motor car is on its way to Mansfield Museum.
Arriving on Saturday 5th April 2008, 'Are we nearly there yet?' is a two month exhibition featuring vintage motors, model cars and one of the most successful and long running advertising campaigns with a four-wheel link.
'Are we nearly there yet?' reflects this year's Museums and Galleries Month theme, 'Innovation' and culminates on Saturday 10th May 2008 with a series of events at the museum and in the town centre. See the world record head balancer John Evans balance a car on his head or for the youngsters – take part in a mini Mansfield Grand Prix.
The exhibition will be based around the 'Visit Britain' posters from the Shell Art Collection. Exploring the role of the motor car in pre-war life, Shell took the United Kingdom as inspiration for one of its most effective advertising campaigns. Instead of simply advertising Shell oil and petrol, the company promoted motoring as a pleasurable activity.
Taking pride of place in the museum's gallery space will be a 1956 Ford Pop on loan from David Brown Vintage and Classic Restorations of Mansfield Woodhouse. From life size to pint size - visitors can also see a huge selection of model cars from local collector David Powers of Mansfield.
Also on display will be a selection of historical car related items on loan from the National Motor Museum; the story of BSM, provided by Mansfield's branch of the UK's first driving school and motoring maps and car lamps from John Parker a local scrap merchant. Nottinghamshire County Council Road Safety Team and Peter Brooks Honda have also provided information for visitors to take away.
To keep those young minds entertained, a variety of free, fun activities will be available from a giant car spotting game to creating a car on the museum's production line. There is the chance to win a great prize by designing the eco-car of the future.
At the museum open day on Saturday 10th May (10am-2pm), there will be a Grand Prix Scalextric battle of the ages – with all family members invited to take a lap in the quickest time. As well as other free activities for children, the museum will also be offering a free tour of its stores. Head balancer John Evans will be putting on two heavyweight shows in the Market Place at the same time.
Mansfield District Council's Portfolio Holder for Regeneration Councillor Kate Allsop said: "Whether you're a car enthusiast or not there will be something for everyone at Mansfield Museum's latest exhibition. As well as the historical information on show, there are lots of practical and exciting activities to the whole family to get involved in – which are free, making a trip to the museum a great day out for everyone."
The 'Are we nearly there yet?' exhibition has been primarily funded by Renaissance East Midlands
'Are we nearly there yet?' runs from Saturday 5th April 2008 to Saturday 31st May 2008.