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Awards and Loans

The Trust offers financial assistance to individuals or groups to carry through restoration or improvement projects to completion. The Trust also invites enquiries about sponsoring one or more Awards.

The Trust awards its premier trophy to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the cause of transport heritage preservation in a specific year, or which has culminated in a specific year. The winner holds for a year a silver model of SS Great Britain, since the award was inspired by the achievement of Sir Jack Hayward in returning the vessel from the Falklands to Bristol.

Preservationist of the Year 2018

Association of Rootes Car Clubs and the Rootes Archive Centre Trust Our Preservationist of the Year Award this year is unusual in that it recognises the preservation not of a vehicle but of an archive of precious information and drawings. In 2002 the Chairman of the Association of Rootes Car Clubs, which had been founded in 1982, took a call...

This award recognises the achievements of young people (under the age of 20) in the field of restoration. The winner receives a cheque for £500.

Young Preservationist of the Year 2017

Michael Allen is a 19 year old trainee aircraft engineer. He has been with ATSO Engineering at Sywell Aerodrome, Brackley for nearly three years and has becomea key part of the team restoring the prototype Beagle Pup light aircraft, G-AVDF, which after being stored for more than 40 years, is hoped will fly in June 2017, on the 50th anniversary...

This award recognises the achievements of young people (under the age of 20) in the field of restoration. The winner receives a cheque for £500.

Young Preservationist of the Year 2016

Young Preservationist of the Year Award Sam and Joe Meakin won the YoungPreservationist of the Year Award in 2016 for the restoration of their 1918 Model T Ford Paco which they were able to show to HRH Prince Michael ofKent at Brooklands Museum We have two joint winners of our Young Preservationist of The Year award and their...

Young Preservationist of the Year 2015

Alasdair Page is 21, and has been a committed preservationist in rail and road transport for over a decade. His self-taught restoration skills are supported by a strong respect for heritage and authenticity. He began volunteering at the South Devon Railway around the age of 10 and completed most tasks from cleaning to firing locomotives. In May...

Young Preservationist of the Year 2014

Micheal Patterson Michael Patterson has been around steam most of his life. He and hisfather have had a five inch gauge railway lay out in their garden formany years. He has been a member of the Vale of Aylesbury modelrailway club operating steam engines on their five and seven and quarterinch layout, giving rides to the public. Among his...

Young Preservationist of the Year 2013

Charlotte and Chelsea Dresser - the joint 2013 Award Winners! We have two Young Preservationist winners this year. Sisters Charlotte and Chelsea Dresser have spent long hours learning restoration skills working with the Yorkshire Helicopter Preservation Group. The girls first entered the realm of helicopter preservation when they came to...

Young Preservationist of the Year 2012

Jacob Needham works as an apprentice at one of our remaining traditional sailmakers, applying his skills and dexterity to Thames barges and similar sail-powered vessels. Jacob is 18 years old and joined the long established firm of sailmakers James Lawrence of Brightlingsea, Essex, immediately after leaving school. This came about after he...

Young Preservationist of the Year 2011

Alex Plews - the 2011 Award Winner! Our Young Preservationist this year is once again a railwayman; many of them have been but we would like to hear about young men and women from other sectors too. Alex Plews joined The Buckingham Railway Centre at Quainton Road in 1989 as a volunteer. It was clear from the start that he was an enthusiastic...

Young Preservationist of the Year 2010

Kevin Colley - the 2010 Award Winner! The Young Preservationist of the Year award for 2010 goes to Kevin Colley for his work as a mechanical and steam engineering apprentice on the IoW Steam Railway. Kevin represents the future of transport preservation in the UK. Now two years into his three-year apprenticeship, Kevin actively sought out a...

Young Preservationist of the Year 2009

Stephen Johnson - the 2009 Award Winner! The 2009 Young Preservationist of the Year is engineering apprentice Stephen Johnson. Based at the North Bay Railway, Scarborough, Stephen demonstrated his skills as project manager of the restoration of locomotive Neptune. Stephen has had a long commitment to the railway in Scarborough,...

Young Preservationist of the Year 2008

Will Howard - the 2008 Award Winner! The 2008 Young Preservationist of the Year is boatbuilder Will Howard. Using traditional woodworking skills Will builds boats that grace the Thames for the yard of Henwood & Dean. Will is pictured receiving his framed award and a cheque for £500 from Prince...

Young Preservationist of the year 2007

Adam Meredith The 2007 Young Preservationist of the Year is Adam Meredith! Adam is pictured receiving his framed award and a cheque for £500 from Prince Michael. Adam's traditional approach This 2007 Young Preservationist of the Year Award recognises that, at a time when computer graphics and design are commonly used...

Restoration Awards

Apply for a Restoration Award
These Awards, shown in no particular order, specifically assist preservation projects that are underway but not completed. Applicants need to show that some progress has already been made, that there is a clear and costed future plan and a realistic likelihood of completion within 12 months of the application being made. Applications will assessed on the basis of rarity, technical historic or social significance, quality of workmanship, proportion of work being carried out by applicant, originality of design and materials. in addition The Trust needs to be satisfied that, after restoration, the item will be seen and enjoyed at reasonable intervals by the general public and that, as far as is reasonably foreseeable, the item is not destined for the market place and will be retained by the restoring owner/s. Infrastructure projects will not be considered for this award scheme.

Restoration Awards 2018

This year’s restoration awards were presented at the Transport Trust annual awards lunch, held at Brooklands Museum on Monday 4th June 2018, the awards being presented to the winners by HRH Prince Michael of Kent. The winning projects cover a range of transport interests and are worthy winners. For details of this year’s award winning...

The Trust acknowledges that exceptional achievements are built upon and sustained for the long term by the ongoing efforts of a vast army of supporters and volunteers. This award recognises such long term dedication.

Lifetime Achievement Awards 2018

Robert Morley: A WWII motor torpedo boat caught Bob’s attention when he was a child and a seed was sown. Many years later he came across a Coastal Motor Boat, a WWI veteran 55ft long. It was sunk and derelict, but CMB 331 is now restored and displayed and at the Coastal Forces Museum at Gosport. Next came Motor Launch 293, even...

 

The Transport Trust makes loans to groups, associations and individuals at advantageous rates for the restoration of artefacts - whether mobile or part of the infrastructure.  Applications must be supported by a simple business plan which demonstrates the financial viability of the project. A sample business plan is available on request from the Treasurer.

 

The Trust does occasionaly make Awards for schemes which further the preservation movement. Again if you wish further information please contact the Treasurer.

 

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