World Forum for Motor Museums

A biennial meeting for motor museum professionals, principals, owners and collectors.



Micheal Penn – Chairman  contact
World Forum for Motor Museums

First point of contact.

Ian Walden – Vice-Chairman  contact
British Motorcycle Charitable Trust

Andrea Bishop  contact
National Motor Museum,
Beaulieu, UK

Tim Bryan  contact
British Motor Industry Heritage Trust, UK

Stephen Laing  contact
British Motor Industry Heritage Trust, UK

Kelvin Ferris  contact
Motor Museum of Western Australia, Australia

Peter Mitchell  contact
Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust ,et al, UK

Wim Van Roy   contact
Mahymobiles, BE


To provide an international forum for meeting and exchanging knowledge with those who share a passion for motoring heritage, putting a global perspective on the issues and challenges facing motor museums throughout the world.


All the plans and arrangements are now in place for the 2018 World Forum event which will be held at the British Motor Museum and Coventry Transport Museum from 3rd to 7th September!

We are looking forward to welcoming delegates to what promises to be an exciting event with a great mix of formal conference sessions visits and social activities. With speakers from more than eight countries, the formal conference content has now been finalised and there will be four sessions each with a distinct theme; on Tuesday 4 th September the theme will be Museum sustainability and resilience, and the content will include presentations covering business planning, retail and fundraising. On the following day our focus moves to Collection-related matters, with speakers from Australia, Germany, Switzerland, the UK and the USA covering topics including archives, the issue of automotive replicas, Restoration and conservation and the use of volunteers. On Thursday 6 th September there is a fascinating mix of input dealing with audiences and interpretation, and speakers will talk about differing ways of engaging with audiences. The final day of the conference will focus on the future and sessions will cover the challenge of meeting 21 st century audience expectations, contemporary collecting, new digital technology and sustainability.

While the conference sessions run, there will be a separate partner programme that will include a Cotswolds-themed morning that will include the chance to see some of the area’s beautiful countryside and villages, a contrasting visit to historic Coventry including the world-famous cathedral, a tour of historic Stratford-Upon-Avon, and a final half-day visiting other attractions close to both venues.

Running alongside the formal programme are a series of visits to heritage sites and automotive-related venues that will be a must for delegates; the award-winning Black Country Living Museum will provide a chance to step back in time to see the impact of the industrial revolution in Britain (along with the chance to try some British fish and chips!) while the Jaguar Land Rover Classic facility in Coventry will be a real hi-tech contrast where delegates will be able to see the company’s state of the art heritage facility and its amazing historic collection. Visits to both Morgan Cars and Silverstone Heritage will compete the week with a distinctly British flavour.

There is still time to take advantage of the ‘Early Bird’ booking rate for delegates – visit the dedicated web site at for more details. If you have any other queries please contact Tim Bryan (

We look forward to meeting you in September!

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