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The Transport Trust is the only national charity established to promote and encourage the preservation and restoration of Britain's unique transport heritage in all its forms - road, rail, wings and water.

Our Mission

Britain’s place in the history and development of transport is demonstrably second to none. It is an achievement of which the Trust, and the nation, are justifiably proud. This country's growth and prosperity has been inextricably linked with the movement of people and cargo. We take it as our mission to ensure the story of our heritage does not slip into oblivion.

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Restore & Preserve

The Transport Trust aims, for the benefit of the nation as a whole, to promote and encourage the permanent preservation of transport items of historical or technical interest.


Document & Record

The Trust promotes the preservation of documents, drawings, pictures, books and artifacts of significance. Where items or collections are at risk for want of a home, the Trust is happy to advise.

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Each year the Trust hosts a ceremony at which our annual awards - Preservationist of the Year, Young Preservationist of the Year, Lifetime Achievement Award - as well as project Restoration Award certificates - are presented by our patron, HRH Prince Michael of Kent.


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Kew Bridge Steam Museum
The 2008 ceremony took place on 25th June at the Kew Bridge Steam Museum. This is located in an 1836 pumping station originally responsible for the supply of piped water to much of West London.

Now home to a collection of steam engines (with and without wheels), it formed an impressive backdrop to the presentation ceremonies.

Preservationist of the Year
The Transport Trust awards its premier trophy to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the cause of transport heritage preservation. Look here to see who received the 2008 Preservationist of the Year Award from Prince Michael.


Young Preservationist of the Year
The Transport Trust also salutes younger members of the transport preservation movement who, despite their age, have already made a notable contribution. Look here to see who received the 2008 Young Preservationist of the Year Award.


Lifetime Achievement
The Transport Trust also salutes members of the transport preservation movement who, across periods of many years, have made a sustained and major contribution. Look here to see who received a 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award from Prince Michael.


Restoration Awards
As part of the same ceremony Prince Michael also presented certificates to the winners of Restoration Awards in 2007. Look here to see who the judging panel decided should receive those awards.

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Supporting Restoration Excellence

Personal Awards

Annual awards that acknowledge and publicise the contributions of individuals across all age ranges.

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Restoration Awards

These annual awards assist specific restoration projects of historic importance to completion and public display.

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Grants and Loans

Projects in need of "tide over" funding with a real prospect of success may be eligible for a loan or grant.

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