Automotive history enthusiasts can access one of the largest motoring picture collections in the world as the Motoring Picture Library opens its digital archive at the National Motor Museum. The new and much-improved website will make the herculean task easier to witness over a million historic motoring images which span from the 1880s to the present day.
Motoring Picture Library
MPL has over 120,000 colour images and nearly a million black and white photographs filed and catalogued, with thousands of digital originals. Its subject matter includes cars, motorcycles and commercial vehicles, covering the motor industry, motorsport, the social history of motoring and a huge range of motoring and motorsport personalities. It also includes spectacular motoring art in the form of sales brochures, posters and paintings.
Bill Brunell Collection
Celebrated highlights include the Bill Brunell collection, depicting motorsport and social history from the Twenties and Thirties, and the specialist Formula 1 photography of the Fifties and Sixties by Maxwell Boyd.
Since it was established over 50 years ago by Edward, Lord Montagu, the library has grown to become one of the most comprehensive sources of motoring photographs, supplying pictures globally to enthusiasts as well as for commercial ventures, publishing, broadcast and advertising industries.
Picture Library Manager Jon Day:
“The aim of MPL is to offer a fast, efficient and competitive service to every user, whether they be a major publisher or advertising agency, a public service, broadcaster, car club or motoring enthusiast. In every case, we are here to make sure you have the best chance of finding what you are looking for.”
MPL also has nearly a million further motoring images which are still to be digitised, so welcomes calls to source specific images. Picture researchers are welcome to visit in person, by prior appointment.
A fully equipped drive-in studio is also offered in the grounds of the National Motor Museum, which is available to hire for photographic shoots.