Powerhouse Heritage Open Day

We look forward to opening our doors for Heritage Open Day.

Daimler was one of the first car factories in Britain and is an important part of the history and heritage of Coventry. The Daimler site was destroyed during the Blitz and the building known as the ‘Powerhouse’ is all that remains.

As local historian David Fry says: ‘To industrialists, The Daimler Building is as important as Coventry Cathedral’. From a Cotton and Weaving Mill in the 1860s through to its position in the automotive industry as the Motor Mills in the late 1890s and later Daimler works in the mid-1900s, the Daimler Powerhouse has a history of bringing together engineering and ingenuity.

The site itself, the Daimler Powerhouse – built in 1907 to power the factories and foundries on-site – survived the Coventry Blitz in November 1940. Through its regeneration as a cultural creation centre, it continues to be a place for inventiveness, excellence and creativity.