Greening Museums #12 – Coventry Transport Museum

The second site we visited on the 28th of February was Coventry Transport Museum. Coventry Transport Museum is a modern museum dedicated to the history of transport manufacturing in Britain, particularly in Coventry itself, which was of course the birthplace of the cycle and motor industry. The museum attracts over 400,000 visitors a year, and is easily one of the most popular attractions in the area. The building itself underwent some changes in 2004, which is when it installed its striking neon lights.


This was my last museum visit, and I was personally very glad to beable to go, as despite living in Coventry for three years while at university, I had never managed to pay a visit. We arrived earlier than expected, so took some time to visit the museum café and enjoy their Fair Trade coffee – as the readers of this blog may have heard, Fair Trade is another important thing to us.

As usual much of our time was spent looking at the site’s energy usage more than its exhibits, but I was very excited to see a wide selection of cars from across the ages, and particularly the world’s fastest car, the Thrust SSC. You might think that a museum about transport would be disinclined towards all things green in the same way as a certain Jeremy Clarkson, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. The staff were glad to share their interest and enthusiasm for energy-saving; for example, they recently made a significant reduction to their water bills by switching to passive flush urinals. This may not be as suitable for public display as LEDs, but we thought it was still very impressive.

It is a great source of pride for us to be able to work with so many varied sites. Every visit we can make different observations, from heating and lighting to animal care and childrens’ activities. Our next task will be to start planning the Knowledge Café, so all of our sites can start their green journey together.


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