About Us

The Silverstone Experience is due to open in Spring 2019. It will tell the story of the UK’s central role in technological innovation and leadership within global motor sport and, importantly, inspire the next generation of high performance engineers.

The Silverstone Experience (TSE) is a registered charity (Silverstone Heritage Ltd (SHL)), and is independent of Silverstone Circuit. Based at entrance to the world-famous motor racing circuit, the new attraction will be situated in the last remaining Second World War hangar at the venue. This building and the land on which it sits have been gifted to the charity by the British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC).

The charity’s vision to celebrate Silverstone’s fascinating history is now becoming a reality thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund who awarded SHL a grant of £9.1 million in December 2016 to develop TSE.

More than a Visitor Attraction

TSE will have a crucial educational and charitable mission.  It will play a key role in developing our nation’s continued leadership in science, technology, engineering and maths and thereby our country’s future prosperity in an increasingly technology-focused global economy. We will use the technical heritage of British motor racing to inspire the high performance engineers of the future.  Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) will be intrinsically woven into the fabric of the displays, building educational value into every aspect of the visit.  Visitors will be inspired by the achievements of the brilliant engineers of Motor sport Valley over the last seven decades and will be encouraged to find out more about them and their achievements.

Although the Silverstone Experience will have a formal learning programme for educational group visitors, everyone who visits will leave knowing much more about the development of British motor sport and engineering than they did before they arrived.  Both the informal and formal education programmes will be designed to be engaging and exciting.

A formal education programme aimed at children from five upwards – linked to the STEM subjects and to include workshops, tours and downloadable resources – will attract over 40,000 children and young people on organised educational visits each year.  A learning studio will provide 200m² of flexible space, equipped to facilitate inspiring interactive sessions.

Additionally, TSE will offer opportunities for work experience, training and apprenticeships.  We will also award prizes for engineering projects that have been developed through educational visits or the engineering day camps that will run through Easter and summer holidays.

Delivering our vision

As a ‘social business’ our educational programmes are designed to be sustainable.  Eventual surpluses from TSE visitor attraction will be reinvested in our charitable programmes.  Our rigorous business planning will ensure self-sustaining programmes within five years of operations. Find out more about how you can support us here.

Our trustees

Silverstone Heritage Ltd is governed by a board of 8 trustees:

Ian Titchmarsh Find out more

BRDC Member, Chair of Silverstone Heritage Ltd

Lord Beaverbrook Find out more

BRDC Board Member

John Grant Find out more

BRDC Chairman

Dr Kevin Moore Find out more

CEO Humber Bridge Board and Chair of Sporting Heritage Network

Christopher Newns Find out more

Founding Director of Avercet Property

Stuart Pringle Find out more

Managing Director of Silverstone Circuits Ltd

Sally Reynolds Find out more

CEO of The Silverstone Experience

Professor Jean Williams Find out more

Professor of Sport, University of Wolverhampton

Victoria Worpole Find out more

Director of Collections, Exhibitions and Learning

Our royal patron

TSE enjoys the Royal Patronage of The Duke of Sussex

TSE enjoys the Royal Patronage of His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales.  Prince Harry has expressed his support for the project, especially the opportunity to recognise the part Britain has played in motor sport historically and also the vital role British expertise plays in the modern era.

He is keen to draw attention to this contribution as a means of encouraging more people into engineering and ultimately the sport in the future.

Read more about Prince Harry’s recent visit to The Silverstone Experience here.

Supporters

The development of TSE has cost £19.3 million.  This has been made possible with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, South Northamptonshire Council, Aylesbury Vale District Council, Buckinghamshire County Council, Northamptonshire County Council, Buckinghamshire and Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership and South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership.

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