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Car icons gallery set to be unveiled.


STAFF at Coventry's Museum of British Road Transport are in the midst of a major clean-up as they prepare for the opening of the new Icons gallery next week.

The gallery - which will exhibit not only some of the most stylish cars of every decade since the 30s but also show designs for the future - will be opened on Monday by Land Rover director David Saddington.

Cash for the initiative has come from the government's pounds 100,000 Designated Challenge Fund which has already funded the museum's popular Boomtime exhibition which opened last Easter.

Museum spokeswoman Lucy Rumble said: "We are very excited about the Icons gallery, which will give visitors the opportunity to design their own future car and vote for their favourite examples."

Jenny Hann, head of transport and industrial design at Coventry University, which has worked with the museum on the project, said: "We are delighted to be involved with this new project as we have a long-standing relationship with the MBRT.

"We hope that young people visiting the gallery will be inspired to become the designers of tomorrow."

Mr Saddington was himself a graduate of the university's transport design course back in 1980. He is now studio director at Land Rover where he is responsible for the Defender and Discovery programmes.

Steve Bagley, curator of the museum in Hales Street, where admission is free, said: "Everybody here is looking forward to this gallery. Over the last few years we have been talking to a lot of visitors and they have told us that this is the sort of thing they would like to see.

"We will display some of our most striking cars and give visitors an opportunity to think about design while also having fun. There will be something in it for all the family."

Following the official opening, the new exhibition will be free to all museum visitors.


SPICK AND SPAN: Museum assistant Roger Rowsell sweeping up and (inset) buffing up to get the place ready for its new attraction. Pictures: CHRIS RADBURN
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Jan 4, 2001
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