Jaguar's History Back on Display; HERITAGE: Museum Relaunched after Three Years and Back in Business

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Byline: Helen Thomas

FROM 1930s classics to Formula One racing cars, Jaguar vehicles in all their glory are back on display in Coventry.

The Jaguar Heritage Museum, in Brown's Lane, Allesley, has relaunched after being effectively closed for three years while the former factory was demolished.

An opening ceremony was held yesterday and visitors got the chance to get up close to some of the 120 vehicles owned by the trust.

It was also an opportunity for visitors to examine the company's latest model, the 2010 Jaguar XJ, which was unveiled at the event.

Peter Mitchell, the founding trustee who now runs the museum, said he was delighted the public will once again be able to enjoy some of Jaguar's major achievements in the motor industry. "We want to make the museum an important call for tourists on the British motor heritage trail and ensure the cars we maintain will fly the Jaguar flag, supporting Jaguar cars at their launches and events, as well as operating at heritage events around the world," he said.

"But the museum is not just about showing off beautiful stylish cars which are unique but we also have an extensive archive with documents, production records, films and videos telling the whole history of Jaguar."

Mike O'Driscoll, chairman of the trust and managing director of Jaguar Cars, said he was very grateful to all the volunteers and staff who have dedicated their time to the museum. "During the last three years access has been restricted with the demolition of the factory. …