Mayor pays tribute as model car museum leaves for new Powys home
A CHAPTER in the history of a Montgomery-based museum ended this week.
The Cloverlands Model Car Museum at the Montgomery Institute has been a popular attraction for locals and tourists since 2016.
However, he will now leave the county seat and move to a new home in Welshpool.
Six children from Montgomery Preschool made history as the last visitors to visit Cloverlands at his Montgomery home.
Pre-school assistant Caryl Davies said: ‘We visit a local business in town once a week.
“Part of our vision includes our community and we believe it is important that children know and feel part of where they live, especially after the recent pandemic where they have been kept home and away. others for a very important part of their social development.”
The Cloverlands Model Car Collection features over 5,000 model cars from some 14 collections, including one from Canada, 1,000 Grand Prix and Touring cars, and a fine collection of American cars.
The original Cloverlands collection was built up over a period of 60 years by car enthusiast Gillian Rogers, who was a motoring writer, model builder and drove a Singer Le Mans for 40 years at racing events in Europe as well as to meetings at Brooklands and Goodwood.
Gillian’s collection was a gem and the catalyst for a group of enthusiasts to continue their work at Montgomery.
The museum recently paid tribute to its patron Gillian Rogers-Tomlinson who died on December 27 and to museum co-founder Roy Marthews who died on Christmas Day.
Museum co-custodian Bruce Lawson said: “Gillian had been an avid model collector since the end of World War II, and was lively and knowledgeable even in her 80s. Roy was one of nature’s gentlemen. Both will be greatly missed. »
Cloverlands will move to the terminus of the Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway this year.
The museum intends to reopen there in time for Easter, opening on Saturdays through October and on special train days.
They will welcome everyone, including school groups and classic car clubs and others, with helpful and knowledgeable guides to show people around the exhibits. Admission will be free but a donation is expected.
Montgomery Mayor Jill Kibble added, “We will miss the Montgomery Museum, but there will no doubt be many more visitors to its new home. Thanks for being with us for many years and all the best for the new business.”
Local supporters would be welcome to help dismantle and pack the 5,000 car collection in February.
Call Bruce on 01686 668004 or 07891696844 if you want to help. The museum keepers will also have a variety of surplus and duplicate models for sale, and the money raised will help support the museum and its collections, the main income of which is donations.