Who We Are
Britain’s only charity dedicated to the preservation of all modes of transport and its infrastructure
Transport preservation in Britain has seen some notable successes: from the unique ‘Charabus’ of 1921 to a Bristol Scout aeroplane of First World War vintage, from the lowland canals of Scotland to the return of the Flying Scotsman, the preservation movement in Britain has much to be proud of.
But the risks remain to preserving all this heritage for future generations. If transport heritage seeks to be of value, we need to make sure people know about it. If those that have given so much to preservation have no one to pass their skills and enthusiasm on to, they will be lost.
For over half a century the Transport Trust has campaigned for Britain’s immensely important transport heritage in all its forms, on land, in the air and on the water. Our role is to spotlight past successes, current activities and the future needs of transport preservation.
You can help us make a difference, whether as a member, a corporate member or by remembering the Transport Trust in your will.
We assist those projects of a high standard which are well advanced but which need a little extra help to cross the line.
What We Do
We can provide coordinated advice on transport heritage matters to government and have done so in the past to organisations such as the Heritage Lottery Fund.
- Promotes transport heritage right across the country, the transport equivalent of a blue plaque.
- Each plaque describes the site and directs the reader to our website.
- Its online presence informs, educates and enthuses people of all ages about our transport history, and thus helps to preserve it for the future.
In partnership with Corporate and Affiliate members we
- Encourage the use and where appropriate accessibility to the public of preserved items.
- Help specialist organisations to develop a priority system so that restoration funding and resources may be channelled towards the items of greatest significance and most at risk.
- Stimulate the interest of young people in transport heritage so that we have preservationists for the future.
- Increase protection for those items already in preservation, particularly those exposed to our climate.
Visits and Events We arrange a programme for members going far beyond what is available to the general public and including visits to some leading private transport collections.
Members receive our own high quality A4 quarterly magazine with news, information and comment on all aspects of transport preservation.
Membership of the Trust is open to private individuals and affiliated organisations that share our aims. To learn about the benefits of membership and how to join click here.
The Transport Trust is a company limited by guarantee - registered No. 1509733; it is registered under the Charities Acts - No. 280943.