Museum in Warwick to reopen with new exhibition on Healey - one of the town's greatest imports to the world
The Healey brand, born in Warwick, is known around the world for its innovation and style in sports cars and it retains a dedicated following to this day
A museum in Warwick is set to reopen to the public next week with a new exhibition.
The Market Hall Museum is due to open with its exhibition Healey: Cars for Speed and Glamour on Wednesday May 19.
The exhibition, which is sponsored by Inspired Villages, tells the story of Donald Healey and his cars through archives, photographs and artefacts.
Visitors will be able to discover the history of the Donald Healey Motor Company, from its origins in a former RAF hanger in Warwick to the glamour of Old Hollywood, and to the high-octane racetracks of Le Mans.
The Healey brand, born in Warwick, is known around the world for its innovation and style in sports cars and it retains a dedicated following to this day.
The museum team says this is the first exhibition in Warwick to celebrate the Donald Healey Motor Company.
It showcases important and rare documents from the company archive, recently acquired by the Warwickshire County Record Office. Also featured are collectors' items generously loaned by Healey enthusiasts.
All set in context by period costume from the Warwickshire Museum collection.
Richard Lewis, collections and development manager, said: "Many older Warwick residents will remember the Healey showroom in Coten End but many newer residents will be unaware of the town’s connection to this famous car company.
”We hope the exhibition will shine a light on an important part of the town’s modern history.”
All visits will be on a pre-booked basis only and tickets will be limited to allow visitors plenty of space to social distance while enjoying the exhibits at Market Hall and researching documents at the Record Office.
The new exhibition will be supported throughout the year with a range of activities for adults and families to enjoy.
On Saturday April 22, visiting families can pick up a free Healey craft pack to take home and on Wednesday June 9 at 8pm there is a live virtual talk on Donald Healey and his company, tickets are £3.
HCW's learning and community engagement team have lots events planned over the year including a race day in the square in Warwick, Scalextric challenges and a green energy day.
To find out more go to: heritage.warwickshire.gov.uk
The gift shop will also be selling a range of Healey inspired collectables, exclusive to the museum.
To book to visit the museum and to book for the live virtual talk go to: www.warwickshire.gov.uk/heritageboxoffice