A campaign is gathering pace in Birmingham for a museum to be built to commemorate the former MG Rover plant and its workforce.
A petition is expected to be submitted to Birmingham City Council in the next few days calling for a museum to chart the Longbridge factory’s illustrious 100-year history.
The move comes after a separate petition with the same objective was lodged with Bromsgrove District Council earlier this month.
Mark France, whose dad, grandad, uncles and aunties worked at Longbridge, launched the first petition.
As many as 28,000 people worked at the factory at its peak in the early 1970s and Mr France said a museum would be a lasting tribute to the revered marque and those employed there.
“When it closed (in 2005) and the site was demolished, a lot of people went into shock,” he said.
“People were worried its proud manufacturing history would be forgotten.
“My dad used to tell me lots of stories about his time there.
“It just feels like there should be some permanent site where you can revisit these stories and the achievements and struggles of those that worked there.
“We’re now in the process of starting a petition to be submitted to Birmingham City Council.”
The 49-year-old from Bromsgrove said the idea came from a Carl Chinn article about the regeneration of Longbridge in which he called for a legacy to the MG Rover site and its workforce.
Mr France said a location close to the new £66million Bournville College campus in Longbridge Lane had been earmarked and potential sources of funding had already been identified.
A Bromsgrove District Council spokesman said 1,250 signatures needed to be added to the petition by March 23, before it could be debated at a council meeting.
Sas Taylor, who runs the B31 blog covering events in Longbridge, said she was liaising with Gemma Cartwright, head of the Rover Community Action Trust, about launching a petition in Birmingham.
If approved, Mr France said he hoped the museum would house photographic displays, products, machinery and interactive story boards ideal for schoolchildren.
He also claims it could become a viable tourist attraction.