A little about our development & our objectives...
Welcome to Nottingham Heritage Vehicles Charity. Here we aim to give you an insight into the world of bus preservation. We hope you find the site enjoyable, easy to navigate and informative.
Nottingham Heritage Vehicles was established in 1999 by Ian & Simon Lowings under the name of ' Notts & Derby Heritage Transport Group'. Today, along with friends, supporters and community members in the form of a Registered Charity we continue to strive towards preserving examples of our local transport heritage - namely buses and coaches from Nottingham and surrounding areas. These include Nottingham City Transport, Trent, South Notts & Barton amongst others. The completed vehicles are exhibited nationwide, under the Nottingham Heritage Vehicles banner. Our efforts help to ensure a little of our transport heritage survives for future generations to enjoy and appreciate. Our activity is now governed by the Charity Commission through our CIO structure and thus helps to develop new avenues for the charity to explore in promoting its activities. We actively encourage and promote involvement in everything we do.
As of August 1st 2015 we engaged in a 21 year lease of the former Trent Motor Traction bus depot in Hucknall, Nottinghamshire. The charity is now working towards turning this 1936 art deco period bus garage into a museum for all to enjoy, This is an enormous commitment as the building needs to undergo a thorough renovation before the full potential of the site is realised. Once completed in years to come it is our belief that this will develop into a museum of transport excellence for the community of Hucknall, Nottinghamshire and further afield. We can't run before we can walk so to aim for museum status now would be foolhardy as we are aware relevant infrastructure such as new toilets, disabled access, a canteen (the current one is in a sorry state), off site parking arrangements and many other aspects need to be addressed first. None of this can be achieved without serious cash injection and sheer determination on behalf of our volunteer workforce and trustees.
The core aim or objective of Nottingham Heritage Vehicles Charity is to preserve the transport heritage of local bus companies. We concentrate our efforts on the preservation and restoration of all the vehicles in our collection. Once restored we then display these vehicles wherever possible to the public allowing them to appreciate the transport of yesteryear. We do not believe in the collection being under lock and key and hence our 'mobile museum' will keep on rolling from one end of the country to the other with regular open doors events held at our site to continue to encourage new volunteers to join our fold, preserving road transport heritage for future generations.
As you will see from viewing our site, we publish a list of all the transport events we aim to attend. Sometimes if we have an enquiry or request from a local school or group to attend their event we have to revise our diary. We organise our own event usually falling the week after spring bank holiday within Wollaton Park, Nottingham - forming part of the Austin Seven Clubs Autokarna. This is an ideal opportunity for us to ignite local enthusiasm for transport heritage - and to roll out several vehicles without the need for a lottery win to fund the fuel costs ! This year it was on June 5th, with a free open doors recruitment event at Hucknall the following Sunday 12th June.
Members of our volunteer team are developing our transport archive. Collating a massive photographic collection of local companies and their vehicles is one direction in which this work is heading, Other helpers are encouraging the supply of items for resale, establishing ourselves as a supplier of transport images, books, dvds and general transport ephemera through donated goods- all as a means of self funding our preservation projects. For the future we look towards further improving our current facilities, to eventually open as a museum on a monthly basis, expanding the collection and completing the currently stored vehicles. Hence if you feel you could assist in any way - please make contact.
As is the case with so many other heritage concerns we struggle to find the funds towards the restoration of our major projects. Our activity is our hobby, not our line of work. In light of this, and with the kind permission of the individual vehicle owners we have one or two vehicles currently on permanent loan to the charity on which period advertising could be carried following a donation to the charity.
If 'period style' advertising on one of our vehicles appeals to you (or your company) then please make contact with ourselves.
We are keen to establish corporate charitable sponsorship for the ongoing seasons.
The support of an independent company, Transport Nostalgia who buy and sell transport ephemera at transport events nationwide and online will also assist throughout 2017. This is through Transport Nostalgia kindly offering an element of their profit by way of donation to the Charity. This allows trustees to concentrate on the work of the Charity and prevents the Charity from becoming embroiled in risk taking itself through involving itself in trading in anything other than donated goods.
It is hoped a range of product bespoke to the Charity will be launched by Transport Nostalgia later this season.
Everything we are doing is to benefit both the immediate local community and that of the East Midlands heritage as a whole. Where would we be if in 20 years time nothing remained of our local heritage. Museums in recent years have dwindled in number and volunteers become more and more difficult to enrol. If you wish to put a little back into your local history and can help in any way, shape or form please make contact with us. We welcome skilled persons along with anyone who can hold a polishing cloth, sweeping brush, pen, or indeed who can spare a few hours during the year to assist with the background work - often on a computer at home. If you like the idea of putting a little back and helping to preserve a part of our heritage, even if you can only spare a couple of hours a month then please feel free to volunteer.
Nottingham Heritage Vehicles Charity welcomes your support.
Nottingham Heritage Vehicles Charity also welcome any donation towards our fund-raising efforts -again not necessarily monetary. All donations of unwanted books, models, photos (or indeed the loan of slide and negative collections for copying with a view to resale) are most appreciated. This enables us to raise funds for the collections future.
Alternatively if you feel you wish to donate monetarily this can be done via paypal. Please note - you do not need a paypal account to do this.
We can not express how much we appreciate your continued support.