The British Commercial Vehicle Museum Featured on BBC TV

Leyland’s British Commercial Vehicle Museum is to be featured in a BBC documentary, ‘Behind the Scenes at the Museum’ being screened 13th May, on BBC4 at 9pm. The series will look at three specialist museums and their efforts to survive, in the current economic climate.

The British Commercial Vehicle Museum in Leyland, Lancashire has for the past twenty years been dedicated to preserving the history of the road transport industry in the United Kingdom. Its exhibits and archives contain not just examples of the vehicles themselves, but evidence of their interaction with a century of daily life.

60 Trucks, Buses and Vans are on display with appropriate memorabilia.

The British Commercial vehicle Museum
King Steet,Leyland,Nr Preston,
Tel: +(44) 01772 451011
Fax: +(44) 01772 451015

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  1. Colin Roberts says:


    In my opinion this programme did no good for the image of the ‘management’ of this museum, as usual the backbone of companies such as this are volunteers, and those volunteers who didn’t succumb to being bullied or patronised were got rid of. The only ‘attribute ‘of the volunteer ‘manager’ was that he had been an NHS manager and boy did this show in how he handled the trustee’s and the volunteers.

    This is one Museum I shall not be visiting.

    Yours faithfully

    Colin Roberts

  2. Gareth Moore says:

    A very interesting programme. It proved that if you dont accept change then you will almost certainly cease to be a viable operation. The Museum looked to be dying on it’s feet with some of the Old Guard volunteers stifling it with their ‘we’ve always done it this way’ mentality.
    Good luck to the Museum and well done to all the real volunteers.
    I look forward to visiting it.

  3. John Hayward says:

    I thought that it was an interesting programme and showed what can happen to a museum when a few of the old guard volunteers lose sight of the main objective of a museum and do not move with the times. They appeared to think the museum was their own personal play thing and, sadly, seem prepared to let the museum sink rather than accept change. I also agreed with the volunteer (unpaid) manager, Stephen Bullock, questioning the relevance of the audio visual dispay equipment and it must have been a relief to him when it disappeared!
    I also thought that his idea to revive the Leyland Festival was good way of publicising the museum and getting people through the door. What was not clear was whether the old guard helped him any way with the arrangements.
    I hope that the programme boosts visitor numbers and I will certainly visit the museum when I am next in the area. I was sorry to see that the chap who worked the cafe (? Errol Simister) had retired as I loved his sense of humour as well as some of the other volunteers!

  4. Nanos says:

    What did happen to the audio visual display, was it just broken up and put in a skip, or taken away intact by Colin Balls ?

    It was a shame it was never made clear just what the argument between management and others was actually about, as I thought management did a typical poor British response which resulted in the loss of highly skilled personnel, simply as it appeared, because management refused to work with them, but instead had to have the last say no matter what.

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