British Motor Museum to host a new exhibit featuring Austin & Morris at work!

Almost three years since the office of Herbert Austin was painstakingly packaged up from inside the Longbridge plant, the British Motor Museum is delighted to announce that a new exhibit – the offices of Herbert Austin & William Morris side by side – opens on Thursday 7 March to be displayed to the many thousands of people who visit the Museum each year.
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Austin’s Office, taken from the Longbridge Plant and carefully reconstructed within the Museum, shows visitors the office as it was when Austin was running the show, with all his fixtures and fittings. Known by the workforce as 'The Old Man's Office' it was the place where many of Austin’s important decisions were made.

Austin’s office will be displayed alongside Morris’s Office, a long-term exhibit of the Museum relocated from Cowley in 1994, now repositioned and refreshed. Together these offices tell the story of these two famous contemporaries and extremely influential characters in Britain’s motor industry, offering an unrivalled opportunity for the public to connect with the stories of Austin and Morris and to understand the impact that both men had, and continue to have, on the motor industry in Britain and beyond.

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This exciting project was finally completed due to the significant support of The Patrick Foundation which funded the reconstruction of this historic office and for which the Museum is extremely grateful.

Austin & Herbert offices side by sideAustin & Herbert offices side by side
Austin & Herbert offices side by side

Julian Pritchard, of The Patrick Foundation, said, “The trustees of the Patrick Foundation are delighted to have been able to support this fantastic project within the British Motor Museum. To see the differing styles of these icons of the British motor industry, brought to life, is both fascinating and thrilling, We hope the offices provide an informative and popular display for the many thousands of visitors to the British Motor Museum.”

Cat Boxall, Curator, at the British Motor Museum, said: “It’s an honour to be the new home for the office of Herbert Austin. We’re all very excited that we can display it alongside William Morris’ office, a long-time feature of the Museum. Both offices will become great additions to the extensive range of artefacts held in the collections from the histories of Longbridge and Cowley.

Visitors will also be able to enjoy seeing the one-millionth car produced by Austin from 1946 along with some of Austin's personal possessions and papers.

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Also on display will be the first bicycle made by Morris, and a range of other keepsakes that have been cared for in the Museum.

Amy Forster-Smith & Stephen Laing from the MuseumAmy Forster-Smith & Stephen Laing from the Museum
Amy Forster-Smith & Stephen Laing from the Museum

These exhibits will enable the public to learn more about these two great rivals and the important impact they had on Britain’s motor industry.

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