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by Bryony Harrison (subscribe)
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How the Motor Car Reshaped England

Cars and humans. It's a love/hate relationship. We love how they get us from A-B, we love the thrill of a fast drive, we love the style. At the same time, we hate the noise they cause, the pollution they create, and the danger to pedestrians. Whatever you view of cars, they have become an essential part of daily life, and we would struggle to cope without them.

Carscapes is an exhibition created by English Heritage, who want to explore How the Motor Car Reshaped England. The exhibition will run until the 6th July at Wellington Arch, which is a particularly appropriate venue. Originally built in 1828, the monument was later dismantled in 1883, and moved twenty metres away in order to ease traffic jams. Then between 1958-1960 a new roadway was built to ease congestion, thus separating Wellington Arch from Constitution Hill on Hyde Park.

Admission to Wellington Arch is 4 adults, 3.60 concessions, and 2.40 children. Once inside, you will get to view archived photography, historic advertising, cartoons, and motoring magazines, which show how the English countryside was transformed between 1890 to present day. Also on display is an early 1930s traffic light, a petrol pump, and other motor-related memorabilia.

As well as a change in the landscape, cars have brought a change to architecture as well. Learn about the building designs for factories and showrooms in Austin, Longbridge, and Birmingham, as well as a village forge in Hertfordshire that was converted into a garage.
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When: Until 6th July
Phone: 020 7930 2726
Where: Wellington Arch
Cost: 4 adult, 3.60 concession, 2.40 child
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