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Explore Coventry Transport Museum's collection, which is Designated as being of national importance.


The Museum’s extensive archive is a fantastic resource for anyone interested in the history of Coventry’s transport industry and the British transport industry in general. It includes:

  • A library of books, sales literature, catalogues and magazines covering cycling, motoring and industrial topics
  • Technical Collection of manuals, technical drawings/blueprints, production records and handbooks from 1900. Manufacturers covered include Daimler, Hillman, Humber, Morris, Rudge, Standard, Sunbeam and Triumph.
  • Rootes Group negatives and prints from the 1940s to the 1970s and plans, drawings and press cuttings from the Group's factories and marques.
  • Technical drawings and blueprints from the Daimler Collection and 4000 glass negatives of Daimler and Lanchester vehicles and factories from 1900-1939.
  • A photographic collection spanning cycling, motoring, motorcycling, motor sport, factory life and historic scenes from companies including Maudslay, Armstrong Siddeley, Standard, Triumph, Lea Francis, Calcott, White & Poppe.

The archive is now held at the nearby Coventry Archives, situated within the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum.

Accessing the Archive

The Coventry Transport Museum archive collection is held at the nearby Coventry Archives, situated within the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum.  This means that the collection is available for members of the public to use for their own research, subject to advance booking.

For full details of how to access the archive, including the charges that may apply, visit the Archives website or email


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Bring the curriculum to life!

Coventry Transport Museum's interactive exhibitions make the perfect venue for school visits in Coventry.

We offer a wide range of sessions for school groups, all 'Learning Outside The Classroom' quality assured. 


Family Fun

We thoroughly believe there is no such thing as being too old for play! 

Get involved in our ever-growing Family Programme around Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.

We also have free to loan family activities which are available at the Box Office.