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POSTPONED: The Petroliana Experience

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Join us for an evening of discovery with Alan Chandler on Saturday 18th April

If you are interested in motoring then you have undoubtedly taken part in “The Petroliana Experience” without possibly realising what it is. Join us for an evening of discovery with Alan Chandler on Saturday 18th April.

Following the latest Government advice, we are sorry to postpone this event as the Beaulieu attraction and offices have now closed to visitors. We will, however, plan to rearrange a new date for Alan Chandler’s talk later in the year. Tickets will still be valid for the new date and we are sorry for any inconvenience caused. Please check our website for further news updates.

Alan Chandler became involved as a result of wanting to add some atmosphere to the storage area for his hobby, the garage. What started as a bit of decoration has developed into a collection approaching 4,000 items, creating space pressures on the cars themselves! Along the way he has met many interesting motoring enthusiasts, travelled around the world, learnt a great deal, written four books and built a website (www.petroliana.co.uk).

Alan says: “When I have shown others my garage, it is always a pleasure to see the surprise from them irrespective of their interest in cars. Some relate petroliana to industrial art, others are amazed by the atmosphere created, the variety of pumps, equipment and period advertising involved. This industry has evolved mainly in the last 100 years and will no longer be in use after just a few more years. Petrol, along with other carbon fuels, will soon become extinct. Conversely, the hobby of collecting petroliana is growing at a record rate and not just with older male motoring enthusiasts”.

So if you are wondering what petroliana is all about, come along and discover a new area associated to our motoring heritage.

information & timings

The evening will commence at 7:30 pm in the Lecture Theatre of the National Motor Museum’s Collections Centre and finish at around 10:00 pm. A pay bar will be available in the Collections Centre for the purchase of beers, wines and soft drinks.

Please note the National Motor Museum will be open from 6:00pm at this event.


For further information and to purchase tickets please contact Theresa Browning on 01590 614792 or email theresa.browning@beaulieu.co.uk.

Tickets will be sent electronically where possible, so please provide an email address in any correspondence. If tickets are required by post, please provide an SAE.

Members* £7.50
Non Members £10.00

*Friends of the National Motor Museum Trust


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