Brough Superior Learning Revolution Team Nottingham City Museums and Galleries

Adult Learners' Week Transformation Fund Award
East Midlands

A group of Nottinghamshire adults aged 19 to 68 and from diverse backgrounds have been meeting on a weekly basis since October 2009 to learn how to restore a piece of Nottingham’s history – the 1936 Brough Superior vintage car.

Over 1,000 hours have been spent by the 56 group members so far, who are learning about all aspects of car restoration, as well as the history of the car, so that the final result can be exhibited in Nottingham. The project has brought different outcomes for each member, with some considering further learning and others with job offers in the pipeline.

The group – known as the Brough Superior Learning Revolution Team – works in teams, with each team learning a different skill. However, many of the members are so dedicated to the project that they work on two or three teams. The research teams are learning how to document evidence for the end exhibition; the restoration team is learning about mechanics, body and panel work and upholstery and trim from professionals at Riste Motor Company; the film-making team is documenting the restoration and learning how to use cameras, edit film, direct and produce; and the journalist team is being trained on writing news stories by the Nottingham Evening Post.

Each group member has a different reason for joining the project, including the desire to learn new skills, wanting a challenge, staying active, having fun and being involved in the heritage of their home city. However, their shared aim is to learn and be proud of what they achieve. A member of the group, Anthony, said, “Reflecting on my learning outcomes, I feel more confident and independent, and I’m glad to have met so many wonderful people. This project is a lifechanging experience I will never forget.”

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“Reflecting on my learning outcomes, I feel more confident and independent, and I’m glad to have met so many wonderful people. This project is a lifechanging experience I will never forget.”
Brough Superior Learning Revolution Team Nottingham City Museums and Galleries, 2010 Award Winner