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Click here for photos of our move to, and progress at Aldridge.
Good publicity locally brought the offer of a new location very close to the Jack Allen site so once again our autumn and early winter have been fully occupied moving vehicles and artefacts to Shenstone Drive, Aldridge, literally a 350 yard journey. The site is in some ways not ideal - there is limited space that will take double-deck buses - but it is bright and airy and offers real potential as a museum. Open days for 2013 are now being planned and there is a chance of at least limited opening to the public from March onwards, though there are many hurdles still to be crossed.
The biggest hurdle of all that we now face is to achieve the level of income that we need to stay on this - or any other - site. While our events in 2012 have been successful, they have not made up for the income we need from a steady stream of visitors; we are looking at a wider range of events and attractions, not just for our bus enthusiast supporters, but covering wider transport interests - our light commercial vehicles will figure more prominently, with cars and even railways and canals making an appearance, we hope. Local history groups, art and photographic societies - all may play a part in our future as a place to meet or to hold displays. Last, but far from least, our shop, which has been functioning throughout, has once again a base and will feature strongly in the plans, with a great location now being prepared.
As ever, we would welcome your input - what can we do to make ourselves part of the Aldridge community? What can we do for your society? What can you do to work with us to make the museum the focus of your local activities?
Come and get Involved
Finally, of course, we still welcome volunteers and new members. You don’t need to know anything about buses or vehicles to volunteer - we do need skilled people to help us, of course, so if you’re a retired mechanic or bodybuilder and would like to keep your skills alive, do get in contact - but we need everyone - there’s always jobs to do, from cleaning and making tea to sorting and cataloguing our archives.
If you’d like to help, drop in and see us - we’re there on Tuesdays and Sundays during the day, and on Thursday evenings, and also find a bit more out by looking at our Facebook page……..
The Museum closed its doors at Witton for the final time on Sunday October 30th 2011. We were unable to convince Birmingham City Council of the value of the Museum to the City and, crucially, to be given a reasonable period in which to raise what would have been a quite significant sum of money to secure the premises and therefore the Museum for future generations.
Leading up to the new year, many hours were spent by our dedicated members and volunteers involved with the massive task of clearing out our collection from the site at Witton. The keys to Witton were returned to Birmingham City Council at the beginning of January, which closed another chapter in the historic building's history.
The majority of our collection was then moved to the former Jack Allen dustcart factory in Aldridge, initially to be just for storage and not open to the public. Negotiations were undertaken with our landlords in the hope that we could work together to create a new museum on the site and three very highly successful Open Days were held, the first attracting more visitors than any event the Museum had ever held. Unfortunately and very suddenly, the situation on the site changed and, once again, we found ourselves needing to move in the near future.
Although our future is still uncertain, our past is well documented, and the old Aston Manor website will still remain online as a reminder of this
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