BMCT preserving the past… for the future

Ivan Rhodes rides an AJS past the replica motorcycle shop that was helped by the BMCT at the Black Country Living Museum.

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.

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