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Montagu, Edward '45

Montagu, Edward '45
Edward John Barrington Douglas-Scott-Montagu, 3rd Baron Montagu of Beaulieu is a British Conservative politician well known in Britain for founding the National Motor Museum. During WWII, Ridley looked after sixteen English boys evacuated to Canada. It is clear from the long term relationship developed with the school that these boys were made to feel right at home when they arrived at Ridley, and have maintained themselves as part of the Ridley family. In January 1974, the English Old Boys presented a “Bulldog Trophy” to Ridley’s squash program, which Lord Montagu presented in person, on behalf of those who had been given refuge during the War. On Association Weekend in 1989, a portrait of the original Bishop Nicholas Ridley was unveiled. This piece was commissioned by the United Kingdom Branch, and again Montagu was there in person to help with the presentation. Lord Montagu gained an interest in motoring from his father, who had commissioned the original "Spirit of Ecstasy" mascot for his Rolls-Royce, and with his family collection of historic cars this led him to open the National Motor Museum in the grounds of his stately home, Palace House, Beaulieu, Hampshire in 1952. Montagu founded The Veteran And Vintage Magazine in 1956 and continued to develop the museum, making a name for himself in tourism. He was chairman of the Historic Houses Association from 1973 to 1978 and chairman of English Heritage from 1984 to 1992. In the 1999 reform of the House of Lords, Lord Montagu was one of 92 hereditary peers selected to remain in Parliament pending further reform of the upper chamber.
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