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Wednesday, 03 September 2014

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Cars driving to new Backbarrow home

A POPULAR Lake District visitor attraction is to move to its new home next spring.

The Lakeland Motor Museum hopes to welcome tourists through the doors at purpose built premises at Backbarrow by Easter 2010.

The award-winning centre will remain at Holker Hall – where it was established more than 30 years ago – until work on the modern premises is complete.

Lakeland Motor Museum managing director Edwin Maher explained the move would be a momentous occasion – providing crucial extra space for the collections.

Mr Maher said: “We are making good use of a brown field site in an excellent, idyllic and easily accessible location which will allow the museum to develop in a sustainable manner.

“It is our determined intention to create a world class visitor attraction that will contribute in a very significant way to Cumbria’s tourism economy.”

The new museum will be located at the site of the former Blue Mill carton packaging sheds – known locally as the Dolly Blue works – on the banks of the River Levens.

A reference to the industrial heritage of the premises, which manufactured ultra marine powder, will be included in the development.

The new museum, with its 30,000 motoring exhibits, will include space for the collection of rare vehicles and its 1930s garage recreation as well as a cafe.

The extensive Donald Campbell Bluebird Exhibition dedicated to the world famous speed ace and his 21 land and water speed records, will also be transferred to the new site.

Staff hope to make the most of the extra display space while also expanding the collection to include new aspects of transport history.

Mr Maher said: “We are on schedule for an exciting, eclectic and unique display of some 30,000 exhibits in readiness for a public opening at Easter 2010. Meanwhile the museum will continue to operate at Holker Hall, being open every day until the November 1.”

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