Inside Silverstone’s Interactive Museum: Take a look at the £20million collection

Prince Harry arrives with Lewis Hamilton at Silverstone

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The £20million ‘Silverstone Experience’ finally opened its doors at the start of last year with Lewis Hamilton and Prince Harry cutting the ribbon. However, just weeks after opening the display was slammed shut, before reopening this summer under its new ‘Interactive Museum’ moniker.

Walking into the old World War Two Hangar which houses the museum, my thoughts turned to Britain’s last racing museum.

Donington Park’s stunning Grand Prix Collection was closed in 2018 after founder Tom Wheatcroft’s death. Would this be similar? Maybe even better?

As you walk through the front doors, visitors are greeted with Lewis Hamilton’s title-winning Mercedes swinging from the ceiling, in a nod to the Natural History Museum’s famous whale.

After waiting a few minutes for the tour to begin, we were led into a dark room designed as a mock-up grid and a starting gantry.

Cue music as a cartoon display of cars from Silverstone’s past and present appear on screen with fake commentary from Sky Sports commentators David Croft and Martin Brundle.

It’s designed for kids, but adult petrolheads will certainly smile at seeing Jim Clark’s classic Lotus 49 roaring with all its former glory.

Once inside, the museum covers the rich history of Silverstone from its days as a monastery to a landing site for Wellington Bombers during the Second World War.

Less than 15 minutes in and the cars begin as Silvertone pays tribute to its first Grand Prix in 1948 and first Formula 1 race in 1950.

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The attention to detail is spot on and perfect for history buffs. There are original tickets, race programmes and trophies on display alongside some original race cars from the era.

Next, we are treated to an in-depth look at how Silverstone operates on a race day and how far safety has come in the modern era.

There isn’t much new here for even the most basic of enthusiasts but its interactivity makes this fun for youngsters.

They can try their hand at commentating a previous Grand Prix or feel the weight of a wheel gun used during a pit stop.

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