Pupils from a specialist arts college for SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability) children were invited to the National Motor Museum’s Shell Heritage Art Collection at Beaulieu to create posters inspired by the display.

Shell's Nicky Balfour Penney with pupil Rowanand his finished poster

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One of the eight pupils, Rowan, shows off his finished piece with Shell’s Nicky Balfour Penney.

Eight Year 10 students from Oak Lodge School in the New Forest visited the exhibition to see the display’s pieces of artwork and learn more about the history of Shell advertising. 

They looked closely at some of the vehicles on show, including the 1907 Gobron Brillié fire engine, 1901 Columbia Electric driven by Queen Alexandra and the wartime Willys Jeep, before sketching in the grounds of Beaulieu Abbey and the ancestral Montagu home of Palace House.

On their return to school, the students used their sketches and photographs to develop ideas for work which will contribute to their GCSE art coursework.

Sharon Burt, Oak Lodge School headteacher, said: “We are so proud of our pupils, who enthusiastically embraced the challenge to produce iconic Shell posters.

You can see the finished posters below:

“They worked independently, using new techniques and skills to deliver a very high standard of work that precisely met the criteria of their brief.

“It was wonderful to see that each student had strong and individual ideas and that that translated into an amazing range of finished posters.”

Shell heritage art collection manager, Nicky Balfour Penney, added: “It was a real privilege to meet and work with these young adults. The diversity and skill shown in their finished artwork is so impressive and they have brilliantly executed the brief that we gave them.”

About the Shell Heritage Art Collection

The collection includes advertising posters, original paintings, cartoons and press advertisements, plus the Shell County Guide books. Posters and paintings have been continuously on show in the museum and are also loaned regularly to museums and galleries around Britain and Europe, allowing access to the collection to around a million people a year. 

What else can schools get out of the National Motor Museum?

There’s a range of different workshops linking to different subjects and themes at the National Motor Museum, including Maths, History and Science.

‘Motoring Maths’ allows students to investigate how cars work and includes speed, forces, friction, data collection, analysis, measurement and symmetry.

‘Motoring Fun’ takes children on a tour around the museum and ‘Britain Since The 1930s’ focusses on the developments in car design, life in a local garage and deliveries to your door.

More information about the National Motor Museum and Beaulieu can be found at www.beaulieu.co.uk.