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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 2023

The Britten-Norman Aircraft Preservation Society This year the Preservationist of the Year award goes not to an individual but to a group of individuals - the Britten-Norman Aircraft Preservation Society, which representatives are pictured below being presented with their trophy by the National Transport Trust Patron, Her Royal Highness, the...

Young Preservationist Award

Nominate Young preservationist of the year
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 2023

Henry Dukes Just after his ninth birthday, Henry, the third generation of Austin Seven enthusiasts in his family, found a completely derelict 1937 Ruby engine in a pile of scrap. It was seized and had not run for over sixty years. He was very keen to find out how it worked and just eight months later, after a great deal of hard work, he had it...

Restoration Awards

Apply for a Restoration Award
These Awards, shown in no particular order, are made to assist individuals and groups who are working hard to preserve items of importance to the nation's transport heritage, and generally come with a substantial financial sum which it is hoped will assist with making good restorations great.

Restoration Awards 2023

National Transport Trust Commemorative Awards With the exception of the Sir William McAlpine Award, projects winning a National Transport Trust Commemorative Award are selected from those already awarded Restoration Awards each year, and as such, are recognised as the best of the best of each year's restoration projects receiving a...

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. The Lifetime Achievement Award recognises such long term dedication. The President's award has been awarded only once before, and is made to an officer or trustee of the National Transport Trust who has achieved something of significant merit but to whom it would not be appropriate to award one of our regular awards.

Lifetime Achievement Awards 2023

Barry Ford Barry joined the Royal Navy at the age of 15 and served on a number of ships culminating in the Royal Yacht Britannia. On leaving the Navy he joined the Royal Navy Auxiliary Service, a voluntary organisation which was disbanded in 1993 at the end of the Cold War. Barry then joined the Maritime Volunteer Service and also volunteered on...


The National 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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