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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 2021

Karl Carter In this category the National Transport Trust usually recognises people who have undertaken a specific restoration project. But there are also those who work to assure the very basis on which the future of preservation of our transport heritage rests. Preservation cannot happen without ongoing stream of people with the right...

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 2021

Jacob "Jake" Bullock: Our Young Preservationist of the year is Jacob Bullock.Jake had for many years wanted to restore and own a WW2 Jeep, he knew that some 40 years ago his father had restored one in collaboration with his own father, and he wanted to experience the same process. An abandoned 1944 Ford GPW was sourced in Scotland and Jake set...

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 2021

After an enforced abandonment of our presentations in 2020, the Patron of the National Transport Trust, Her Royal Highness princess Anne, presented both the 2020 and the 2021 Personal and Restoration Awards on Wednesday October 20th at Fawley Hill, the home of our President, Judy, Lady McAlpine. The National Transport Trust has chosen the...

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 2021

Chris Cooper Chris Cooper was member number 32 when the Bluebell Railway Preservation Society was founded in 1959. His early life was in the Croydon area, which was rich in all types of transport from the bustling Southern Railway electric traction, freight yards and the private sidings of the power stations and factories. Then there were the...


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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