Chris Clarke receiving his Honorary Doctorate.

Lanchester car and pop-up banners about Fred at the NEC Restoration Show

Happy holidays from the Lanchester Interactive Archive team! We’ll be closing our doors from December 24th to January 1st for some well-deserved rest, so we thought we’d take this opportunity to wish you a good break and do a roundup of all the amazing activities we took part in this year.

Our Outreach programme was as lively as ever – we engaged more than 5300 people through talks and workshops in schools, libraries and community centres.

We went to the Restoration Show (March) and the Classic Motor Show (November) at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham – our Historian Chris Clark’s 1926 Lanchester 40hp got a lot of attention and so did our pop-up exhibition!

On June 2nd we held our traditional Lanchester Open Day as part of Coventry Motofest! For one day only, a spectacular collection of Daimlers and Lanchesters graced the entrance of Coventry University Library, alongside music, refreshments and of course plenty of surprises from the Archive.

Two Lanchester cars parked outside Coventry University Library.Coventry University Aerospace Engineering student Osita Uguwueze wrote his brilliant MSc thesis on Dr Fred’s 1897 flying machine patent. After a lot of careful research and flight simulation modelling, Osita demonstrated not only that Dr Fred’s machine would have flown, but also that it would have been more stable and had more lift than the 1903 Wright Brothers’ Flyer. Osita’s simulation was displayed at this year’s Farnborough International Airshow (July 16 – 22) among several other designs by Coventry University students.

On September 13 – 16 we opened our doors to Coventry for the 2018 Heritage Open Days, celebrating the important part Dr Fred, his family, and his inventions played in Coventry’s history.

October 23rdwas Dr Fred’s 150thbirthday! His insights and inventions have aged incredibly well, so we thought a party was in order. We had cakes, balloons, and overall a lovely time!

In November we took part in the #museum30 challenge on Instagram, posting one picture a day about our exhibition space, Dr Fred, and the Archive. Head over to our profile @lanchester_ia to check it out!


Nine photographs from the Museum 30 Instagram challenge.

November 23rd was an especially busy day – Hasit Gadani, Mohammed Al-Tamimi, Sam Titterton and See Jin Ring Eugene were awarded the 2018 Lanchester Trust Student Prize for reimagining and improving Dr Fred’s design of a self-steering wheelbarrow.
The prize rewards final year students of the Engineering, Environment and Computing Faculty who demonstrate exceptional enterprise, creativity and invention.

That same day, just like Fred, our Historian Chris Clark received an Honorary Doctorate! It was a great way for Coventry University to thank him for more than thirty years of dedication to the Lanchester Archive. Almost exactly 100 years after Fred became Dr Fred, Chris became Dr Chris!

And to conclude… are you looking to start 2019 with a bang? Here are some suggestions…

For Coventry University students: there’s still time to submit your art for our Student Competition! Get inspired by the Archive and submit your work to by January 14th for the chance to win £250 and be exhibited in our Discovery Space.

For everyone and anyone: nominations have closed, but we can still use your help to get Dr Fred on the new £50 bill! You can Tweet your support by using the hashtags #GetFredOnThe50 and #ThinkScience.

That’s all for now! See you all in the New Year for more Lanchester awesomeness.


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