Cotswold Motoring Museum & Toy Collection

The Cotswold Motoring Museum is a museum in the Cotswolds village of Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire, England. It features motoring history of the 20th century. Prepare for a trip down the memory lane with a vast collection of vehicles, toys and memorabilia from times gone by on display here. The museum is also home to children's TV favourite, Brum. Cotswold Motoring Museum first opened in Bourton-on-the-Water in 1978. It was founded by Mike Cavanagh, a private collector who amassed a substantial collection over a period of 20 years while he was living in South Africa, starting with a 1929 Brooklands Riley he bought for £30 in 1959. His first enamel sign, advertising Pegasus Motor Spirit, he found tied to a gate in the Eastern Cape – it now accompanies more than 800 signs on display at the museum.

When he returned to England in 1978, he shipped his entire collection over with him and was lucky enough to find the Old Mill in Bourton-on-the-Water disused and up for sale. The mill building and its location made an ideal home for the collection and so the museum was born. In 2003 the Museum won the Heart of England Tourist Board's Visitor Attraction of the Year, and in 2004 they won the Museums and Heritage Award for their interpretation project "Big Ideas for Small Children".


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