Registered Charity No. 509420 Company Registration No. 01445196
“Preserving and promoting
our motorcycle heritage”
The British Motorcycle Charitable Trust Ltd. Registered in England under Company Registration Number 01445196),
Registered Office : Holly Cottage, Main Street, Bishampton, Pershore, Worcestershire, WR10 2NH
Norton Museum Collection: New Affiliate
The Norton Museum Collection has become the fifteenth museum to affiliate with the BMCT. The museum, in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, is the culmination of a lifetime’s work by the founder, Dennis Norton. And that’s a clue -
Dennis Norton started collecting interesting objects in 1949 when he was given a Miller No.1 carbide lamp while working at what was then the Austin Motor Company at Longbridge. That was enough to spark Dennis’s interest in collecting, and he soon began to concentrate on items from the local Bromsgrove area. Local crafts included nail and button making, glass, and the world-
Initially based in a redundant school building outside Bromsgrove, the ever-
BMCT members will of course be particularly interested in the two Banshee bikes present in the museum. The first is the 1922 Villiers-
The Banshee factory was originally based in Hull, but because of transport difficulties between there and the Midlands, where most of their components came from, they re-
A major donor and friend of the museum is the present Home Secretary and Bromsgrove MP Sajid Javid, seen in our photo with Dennis Norton, admiring the BMCT’s Banshee Villiers.
The Norton Collection Museum is at 26 Birmingham Road, Bromsgrove B61 0DD, and is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The founder, Dennis Norton BEM will happily arrange group visits at other times. Phone him on 01527 919531.
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