British Motor Museum launches its spring lectures and workshops programme

The British Motor Museum has launched a series of motoring related workshops this spring as part of its on-going lifelong learning programme. The fascinating workshops will enable participants to learn valuable skills in photography, drawing and classic car ownership.

‘Cars through the Lens’ will take place on 18 March with motoring photographer Lara Platman. The workshop will help participants take the perfect photograph of a car and learn when and how to use different settings on their camera. Topics covered will include how to control light and composition, the rule of thirds and perfect angles, and how to make photography fun. Lara will help participants advance their skills in taking photographs of reflections, interiors, panoramic and detail. The cost is £40 per person to include the course, morning coffee and entry to the Museum.

'Lights, Camera…Cars’ takes place on 19 March with Lara Platman. Participants will get the chance to develop their photography skills and experiement with lighting. This workshop is the perfect addition to complement skills learnt in ‘Cars through the Lens’ workshops. The cost is £75 per person to include the course, morning coffee, and entry to Museum. Please note only six places are available to allow Lara to give personalised and individual guidance on how to improve photographic skills.

The ‘Sketching from Automotive History’ workshop takes place on 1 April with Richard Cook, an art teacher and accomplished pencil sketcher. The day is designed to suit pen and ink sketchers of varied abilities. The course will cover basic drawing hints and tips, rules of composition, finding a new angle, drawing metal and painted textures such as polished and matt surfaces and individual tuition and pointers designed to improve drawing. The cost is £40 per person to include the course, morning coffee and entry to the Museum.

'Cars through the Lens goes Studio’ is another photography workshop which will take place on 8 April enabling participants to develop photographic techniques in a studio setting. The workshop will show them how to achieve the best composition and lighting along with testing their abilities and learning new skills. The workshop is also the perfect addition to complement skills learnt in ‘Cars through the Lens’ workshop. The cost is £75 per person to include the course, morning coffee and entry to the Museum.

Also taking place on 8 April is ‘Automotive History in Watercolour’ when participants will be guided through the techniques of painting cars and auto memorabilia in watercolour. The workshop includes practical hints and tips from Richard Cook who will inspire people to experiment with composition and give them the confidence to try new techniques. The cost is £40 per person to include the course, morning coffee, and entry to the Museum.

The popular ‘Classic Virgins’ Experience Day returns on 22 April. This is a hands-on, informative day aimed at those considering buying and owning a classic car. Experts will deliver guidance on the theory of classic car ownership and provide workshop based basic maintenance sessions. After the workshop session there will be free rides in a variety of classic cars. The cost is £90 per person to include lunch and refreshments throughout the day, as well as Museum entry.

Please note lunch is only provided for the Classic Virgins Experience Day. For the other workshops participants should use the café or bring their own packed lunch.

This springs special motoring lecture, ‘The British motor industry, what is the road ahead?’ takes place on 24 March. Participants will enjoy a day hearing from Britain’s motor industry experts in a series of lectures and Q&A sessions. Hear from Sir Greg Knight, MP on how legislation may impact motoring enthusiasts. Steve Cropley, motoring journalist, will discuss how the role of automotive press has changed. Professor David Greenwood, on future technologies and how these advances provide limitless opportunity for the future, as well as many more experts who will give their view on the future. The cost is £25 per person in advance to include all lectures, lunch and Museum entry.



Booking is essential for all lectures and workshops. Please book online or call 01926 645033 (Monday - Friday 11am - 4pm. A £2.50 admin fee applies for telephone bookings). Visit the website at

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