Silverstone Heritage Ltd (Registered Charity Number: 1166279) is delighted to announce that Prince Harry is to be the Royal Patron of the project to create The Silverstone Heritage Experience (TSHE).
TSHE is due to open in 2018, on the 70th anniversary of the first Grand Prix being held at the Circuit. The project will bring the extensive heritage of Silverstone and British motor racing to life for an estimated half a million visitors a year through the creation of a dynamic, interactive and educational visitor experience.
The President of the British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC), Derek Warwick said ‘We are delighted that Prince Harry has agreed to be the project’s Royal Patron. He has expressed his support for the project and the opportunity to recognise the part Britain has played in motorsport historically and also the vital role British expertise plays in the modern era. HRH is keen to draw attention to this contribution as a means of encouraging more people
into engineering and the thriving British motor sport industry.’
In 2013, TSHE’s Round 1 application to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) was successful. This was a fantastic achievement that gave the project a grant towards the development of a Round 2 application for the full £9.1million grant (for a £20 million project) which will be submitted later this year.
The Silverstone Heritage Experience includes:
- A permanent exhibition that will take visitors on an exciting two hour journey through motor racing past, present and future. The latest technology will be used to tell the amazing stories of the people that have been part of the site’s history, from medieval monks and WW2 air crew to the racing drivers, riders, engineers and marshals of today.
- A Collections and Research Centre, offering museum and archive accredited storage for the unique BRDC archive and other motor sport collections as well as a specialist library and learning space for school groups.
- A series of themed tours stopping off at iconic sites around the circuit.
- A programme of exciting motor sport events, talks and workshops.
The Silverstone Heritage Experience will ensure that the heritage of Silverstone and British motor racing is explained and interpreted for today’s public as well as being protected for future generations. It will celebrate the circuit and the country’s position at the very heart of the global motor sport industry by explaining their historic and continuing importance to the sport. Displays will use the latest technology to tell the amazing stories of the people that have been part of the site and sport’s history from medieval monks and WW2 air crew to the racing drivers, riders, engineers, mechanics and marshals of today.
By telling the extraordinary story of the UK’s central role in technological innovation and leadership within global motor sport, we aim to inspire the next generation of world class engineers and motor sport experts.
For more information, visit the Silverstone Heritage Experience page.