The Silverstone Experience tells the story of the UK’s central role in technological innovation and leadership within global motor sport and, importantly, will inspire the next generation of high performance engineers.
The Silverstone Experience (TSE) is a Community Benefit Society (Silverstone Heritage Ltd (SHL)), and is independent of Silverstone Circuit. Based at entrance to the world-famous motor racing circuit, the new attraction is 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 has now become 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 has 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) are 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.
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
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.
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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