The famous Chambers car returned to the Ulster Museum this week, where it was installed in the museum’s new Window on our World steel and glass display tower.
Long a favourite exhibit in the Ulster Museum, the Chambers car was expertly installed by a team from Unusual Rigging in the structure, which scales four levels and houses the most iconic objects from across the museum’s diverse collections.
Window on our World will offer visitors the opportunity to view the exhibits from a number of vantage points in the entirely rejuvenated building when the museum reopens for business in October 2009.
The larger exhibits in Window on our World include the Minke whale skeleton and the Edmontosaurus dinosaur, while smaller objects will incorporate a Viking brooch, gold coins from the Armada treasures as well as exotic butterflies and bugs from the nature collection.
Dr Jim McGreevy, director of collections and interpretation of National Museums Northern Ireland, commented: 'The Window on our World display tower is a wonderful way to welcome our visitors to the Ulster Museum. Not only is it visually stunning, it also provides visitors with a sense of the scale and diversity of the Ulster Museum’s collections and, we hope, will encourage our visitors to delve deeper into the museum experience.
'The Chambers car has been one of the public’s favourite objects and we are delighted that it will be displayed prominently in the refurbished Ulster Museum. Throughout the years, visitors to the museum have shared their memories of the Chambers car so it holds an important place in the hearts of individuals as well as reflecting a significant period of Belfast’s industrial history.'
The Chambers car, built by Chambers Motors Ltd in Belfast in 1908, has an important place in Northern Ireland’s industrial heritage. Established by three Belfast brothers, the company operated in Cuba Street between 1904 and 1929 and built some 500 exquisitely hand-crafted automobiles.
The Chambers car is one of many objects currently returning to the Ulster Museum in preparation for its reopening at the end of October. The famous Egyptian mummy, Takabuti, returned to the Ulster Museum last month where she will be the centrepiece of a new display exploring life and death in ancient Egypt.