LAKELAND Motor Museum has re-opened with a collection of rare cars at a venue twice its old size, supplying a more intense experience for visitors.

Among the 30,000 exhibits at the new state-of-the-art building, on the former Dolly Blue Mill site, at Backbarrow, Ulverston, is a 1953 Morris Minor pick-up truck, the oldest-surviving model in Europe.

The motor attraction shut its doors at Holker Hall 12 months ago and has since been revamped to offer a more informative service by adding audio speakers to offer background to the period of each car.

As well as lots of new cars, the museum also hosts an exhibition of the industrial heritage of the Leven Valley.

Hundreds of people attended the opening last Thursday.

Managing director Edwin Maher said: “We are delighted at the many favourable comments already received from local, national and international visitors, with many telling us it is a great experience and well beyond their wildest expectations in terms of museum content and perceived admission value.”