Donington Park has a special motorsport past with a unique military connection;
Pre WWII - In 1937 and 1938 and on the verge of war, the British Grand Prix was held at Donington Park. It is believed that event was used by Germany as means of flexing the muscles of the politcal and technological advances as a demonstration of power and propaganda over Britain as Europe prepared for war. The races were a chilling preview of Germany's chilling technical dominance and strength. English amateur drivers, in tiny cars were completely overwhelmed and annihilated by the might and power of the Mercedes-Benz and Auto Union teams which were funded by Adolf Hitler.
WWII – The circuit at Donington Park was closed in 1939 due to World War II, when it was requisitioned by the Ministry of Defence and was converted into a military vehicle depot becoming the largest military depot in Britain
Wheatcroft Military Collection - This unique collection creates a historical significance for learning, making learning fun, interactive and interesting by helping to improve the engagement and understanding for students with our professional guides. With rare and unique military vehicles and artefacts from Germany, France, Great Britain and United States during WWII on display, Donington Collections offers an insight into history from the alias and enemy.
We can help to preserve the past through extracurricular learning opportunities covering topics for:
Non statutory extra-curricular relating to key turning points of Britain’s History in Motorsport and WWII.
Challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world 1901 to the present day
The inter-war years: the Great Depression and the rise of dictators
The Second World War Secondary Level – GCSE History (8145) syllabus - “Understanding the modern world”
Germany, 1890–1945: Democracy and dictatorship
Conflict and tension, 1918–1939
The origins and outbreak of the Second World War
If you are a school or education professional interested in bringing groups to Donington Collections please contact firstname.lastname@example.org