Looking to the future

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Alford’s Grampian Transport Museum (GTM) is starting its 30th season next month. The museum attracts high visitor numbers by changing its exhibitions every season and running an ambitious events programme on its specially-developed 15-acre site.

The museum is to share in-house skills in curatorial, conservation and collection care and will host workshops with established experts in the new workshop facilities. The first are likely to feature the wheelwright’s craft, coach building, vehicle upholstery and trimming, coach painting, sheet metal working, signwriting, steam engineering inspections and IC engine reconditioning.

There will be a new focus on road safety. Working with partners, the GTM now offers driver training on its road circuit including pre-17 tuition and skid control. By next spring, the museum plans to offer tuition for very young people in a first driving experience whereby, in a fun way, youngsters are given the chance to control an electric vehicle and gain a first hand understanding of vehicle control and the rules of the road.

In order to continue to meet and exceed expectations, a new visitor reception is proposed in a frontage extension to the existing main building. This will include new facilities for customer comfort, new museum shop, a visitor information centre, introduction to themes and activities and will be framed by open portico to showcase some of the museum’s more robust exhibits.

The museum’s staffing structure is also to be strengthened to avoid displacement of routine operations during the implementation period including, if funding allows, the recruitment of a marketing and events officer to start work in April/May 2012. Interested parties should send a CV to curator Mike Ward on (019755) 62292 or curator@gtm.org.uk