October 23rd, 2016

Healey archive open to all

Healey archive open to all Healey archive open to all
Hard at work at Healey's Cape Works in Warwick. (s)
Updated: 9:45 am, Sep 02, 2016

CAR enthusiasts are being offered a first glimpse into the history of a Warwick motoring legend on Sunday (September 4).

The Healey Motor Company Archive will be on show at an open day at the Priory Park-based Warwickshire County Record Office from 10am to 4pm.

There will be a display of documents, film, photographs and sound recordings, as well as a talk by collector Warren Kennedy on the early Healey cars manufactured at the town’s Cape Works. There will also be an opportunity to look inside the strongrooms, and to view other vehicle related records.

Activities for children will include designing and drawing a Healey car, and a chance to meet the Record Office mascot Chambearlin the Bear.

Various Healey cars will also be on display in the car park, with an open call out to Healey owners to bring their own along.

Project Archivist Gary Collins said “We are hoping to have a broad selection of cars from the early Warwick models, the ‘Big’ Austin Healeys and the later Sprites, through to the later Jensen Healeys. We would also encourage anyone that owns a Healey to bring it along.”

The project to secure the archive has been supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, PRISM (Preservation of Industrial and Scientific Material), Friends of National Libraries, King Henry VIII Trust Warwick and a number of private donations. A further £25,000 is needed to reach the initial target of £120,000 which will allow the collection to be fully catalogued and digitised.

The open day is free but donations will be welcomed.