Our collections

Cotswold Motoring Museum’s collections are full of vehicles, toys and memorabilia from a bygone age.
Maybe you’ll find a classic car just like the one you learned to drive in, or a vintage motorbike that reminds you of the one you used to ride. Does that 1970s caravan bring back memories of long, lazy family holidays?

Have a browse through all our collections on the right of this page for details of all the motoring delights you’ll discover when you visit us.

And read on below for some of the other attractions that are waiting for you in our individual galleries...

Mill Gallery

Mill Gallery is bulging with great vehicles, quaint caravans, motoring curiosities and nostalgic enamel signs. Everywhere you look you’ll see classic motoring memorabilia. You’ll find children’s TV star Brum here too. He lives in the museum and it’s from here that he headed out on every one of his exciting adventures. And don’t forget your camera – Brum loves having his photo taken!

Blacksmith’s workshop

Here you’ll find the sounds and smells of a blacksmith’s workshop, bringing to life a world that was rapidly moving away from the four-legged horse and towards the four-stroke engine.

Blacksmiths go way back in time – the famous firm of Alldays and Onions can be traced back to 1625. They made bellows, anvils, vices and tools for the blacksmith trade and even went on to build cars – we have one of their fantastic models here in the museum.

Windrush Alley

A chance to take an enchanting look at the world of motoring from street level, Windrush Alley is a place where 19th-century bikes like the boneshaker, penny-farthing and safety bicycle share the road with a horsedrawn carriage and cars. Motorsport makes a muddy splash with a 1964 MG 1100 and a Levis motorcycle from the days of motorcycle football, a sport which originated in the 1920s and at one time attracted thousands of spectators.

Jack Lake’s Garage

This is a lovingly put-together recreation of one of those small country garages that opened up and down the land to serve the needs of the early motorist. It’s a captivating story, told by Bourton-on-theWater’s very own pioneer mechanic, Jack Lake himself.

Paved Paradise

Enter a world of retro cool as we spin you back to the funky 1960s and 70s. Keep your eyes peeled for a host of nostalgic surprises.

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