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With so many different attractions located so close to The Gables Guest House, it can be difficult to fit them all into your short holiday schedule. Located only 6 miles from the historic City of Lincoln and its surrounding countryside, a stay at this four start rated bed and breakfast in Lincolnshire puts you in close proximity to all the attractions that this historic city has to offer. One of the lesser publicized attractions is the Road Transport Museum which located in the outskirts of the historic City of Lincoln. Here we discuss the background of this unique transportation themed museum so you can be sure to plan plenty of time into your holiday schedule to experience everything that this unique attraction has to offer.
What is the Road Transport Museum?
Run by the Lincolnshire Vintage Vehicle Society, which was founded back in 1959, the Road Transport Museum first came into existence in 1966 when the first museum building was built. During the time when the society was founded and the first building constructed, the society spent much of its time accumulating vehicles that they felt were an important part of history. During the early 1960s, vehicles were stored at the Sobaron Baaracks on Burton Road, till the first building was erected on the side of a former NAAFI building.
Soon the society found they were running out of room for their ever growing vehicle collection and two more buildings were constructed at the rear of the site in 1968 and 1969. While these buildings first served as storage space, they later became home to the museums workshop and spares store. Years later in 1993, the society was lucky enough to receive a large sum of money from the North Kesteven District Council that when combined with the societies own funds and some financial assistance from Beckside Construction, allowed the society to construct the new museum building that is still in use today.
Things to do at the museum:
While it may be easy to assume that based on the name that the museum would be packed full of items that are road transportation related. While a large amount of the museums inventory consists of transportation vehicles, both large and small, that were used in Lincoln and its surrounding countryside throughout the years, the museum is also home to a unique selection of street furniture that could be found lining the streets during the same period that many of these vehicles were in use. The museum has also installed a re-creation of a vintage 1950s/1960s village garage workshop, designed to give guests an idea of how maintenance was done before technology became such a common aspect of everyday life.
In order to maximize all the storage space that the museum has to offer, it can be difficult for them to display full size models of every vehicle that was in use in the Lincolnshire area since the museum was first constructed. In order to give guests an in depth experience of road vehicles throughout the years, the museum offers various displays of miniature versions of important vehicles throughout the years. These displays change on a regular basis, so even if you have visited the museum in the past, there is a good chance that these displays may contain vehicles that you may have never seen before. The museum is also working on adding additional displays to its collection for other vehicle manufacturers that it may currently not have any representation for.
The museum is also paced full of a variety of different street scenes in addition to the village garage workshop mentioned previously. There are a variety of different street scene displays which include old call box, as well as a variety of different street signs that give guests a look back in time of how life used to be. The signs may be a trip down memory lane for some, a reminder of how life used to be, while others may find it hard to believe how things were in the time when their parents or even grandparents were young.
Other displays include an early city of Lincoln street lamp, a red telephone box, and an Austin 7 747cc Engine and Gearbox. Guests can also experience a display of various Delaine Bus parts, examples of attire that bus crews wore throughout the years, and other vintage accessories like a conductor’s cash bag from the 1950s, and even an office clock that was once used in the now demolished Lincoln bus garage. The museum also offers a display of pedal cycles that showcases how this non-combustion method of transportation has changed over the years.
In addition to the 65 vintage cars, buses and commercial vehicles, and other various exhibits that the Road Transportation Museum offers, there are also a variety of special events offered throughout the year. In order to learn more about the museums special events, you may want to check out the society’s page, www.lvvs.org.uk/, for current events, as well as any cancellations that may occur without notice.
Hours and admissions fees:
Hours of operation for the museum are 12PM to 4PM Monday through Friday, and 10AM to 4PM on Sundays and bank holidays during the months of May through October. During the winter months of November through April, the museum is only open on Sundays from 1PM to 4PM, and Easter Monday from 10AM to 4PM. Guests should note that bank holidays can vary from one year to the next, so it is important to check the visitor information on the www.lvvs.org.uk page, for current information. Admissions fees are £3 for adults, concessions are £2.50 for those under the age of 21 and over 60, and admission for children under the age of 16 are free. It is important to note that the aforementioned admission and concession fee does not apply for special events so guests should either visit the website or contact the museum via telephone for more information.
This is just a brief overview of all the exhibits that the Road Transportation Museum has to offer. With 65 permanent vintage vehicle exhibits and a variety of ever changing mini exhibits, and special events, you are sure to not have the same experience twice.