Boost for transport museum projects for young people

A computer image of the new reception facility proposed for the main entrance of Grampian Transport Museum at Alford, among plans to develop activities for young pepple people.
A computer image of the new reception facility proposed for the main entrance of Grampian Transport Museum at Alford, among plans to develop activities for young pepple people.

A DEVELOPMENT programme ranging from a road safety initiative to energy efficiency measures is underway at a leading Aberdeenshire tourist attraction.

BP has donated £20,000 to help Grampian Transport Museum at Alford introduce a series of programmes and activities aimed specifically at children and young people. In addition to the driving initiatives, they include increasing the number of projects at the museum’s Young Engineers Club and using the museum’s Collections Centre as a venue for skills training workshops and hosting school visits.

The museum will also work with Aberdeenshire Council to support the authority’s Curriculum for Excellence.

The road safety project will work with a range of partners to develop a facility, including use of its road circuit, which can be used by schools and driving schools.

The ambitious programme of activities being planned by the museum is part of its 2010-2015 development plan which has identified a number of capital and project developments at the 15-acre facility.

Infrastructure improvements proposed will be the replacement of the current reception area with a new modern structure which will better equipped to meet the needs of the museum and its visitors and which will be instrumental in increasing the range of activities for young people.

The museum includes an impressive range of transport exhibits, from travelling chariots of the 1800’s, to some of the fastest cars. It runs an extensive programme throughout its opening season and updates its exhibits each year.

Mike Ward, the museum’s curator, said donations from companies such as BP were essential in helping the museum meet its aims and objectives.

He added: “While we are a museum which looks at our past, our focus is also very much on the present and the future and it is important that we continue to attract the next generation of young visitors through our doors.”