Formed originally to facilitate the building of the National Motorcycle Museum at Bickenhill, near Solihull, West Midlands, the British Motorcycle Charitable Trust has been an entirely separate organisation since 1995 – a grant-making charity dedicated to the promotion of Britain’s motorcycle engineering heritage through a country-wide network of affiliated transport museums.
For an annual fee of £20, a figure that hasn’t changed since the scheme began in 2003, membership is open to all, and offers free entry to all the affiliated museums.
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Other funding comes from investments on the BMCT’s initial capital of £1.4m, along with bequests and donations, and the Trust is still worth £1.1m today.
Read more in January’s edition of OBM