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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...

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 2017

Dan Cross - The Daniel Adamson was built by Cammell Laird in Birkenhead in 1903, and named the Ralph Brocklebank. She was ordered by the ShropshireUnion Railways & Canal Company to tow long strings of barges to Liverpool. She also carried passengers between Ellesmere Port and Liverpool.After the First World War, canal traffic continued...

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 2016

David and Rick Bremmer, and Theo Willford Two brothers and a friend found the remains of a Bristol Scout flown in 1916 by the Bremners’ grandfather in support of the Gallipoli campaign. They rebuilt the aircraft to flying condition This is their story: My brother and I had inherited the flying bug and had...

Preservationist of the Year 2015

Duncan Pittaway restored the FIAT S76 land speed record attempt car to full working order. He was presented with the award by HRH Prince Michael of Kent who went for a spin with Duncan in his monster car at Brooklands - breathing fire and smoke to everyone's delight

Preservationist of the Year 2014

Clive Purser lead the preservation of Steam Tug Challenge which is 110 feet long, 27ft wide, and draws over 14 feet. Shewas built in 1931 for the Thames Estuary, North Sea and English Channel. In 1940 she took part in Operation Dynamo, so she is a Dunkirk Little Ship, albeit one of the bigger survivors. In 1942 she helped to install...

Preservationist of the Year 2013

Malcolm McKeand - the 2013 Award Winner! The Preservationist of the Year award for 2013 goes to Malcolm McKeand for the 18-year project to restore the 1911 Bristol Pilot Cutter Kindly Light. Malcolm's interest in traditional boats and sailing started very young, and in his twenties he became fascinated by the old sailing Bristol Channel pilot...

Preservationist of the Year 2012

John Romaine - the 2012 Award Winner! The Preservationist of the Year award for 2012 goes to John Romaine for his collection of heritage aircraft restored painstakingly at Duxford. In particular the award marks the restoration to factory condition of Mk1 Spitfire P9374. Restored fromremnants originally recovered from a Calais beach, the aircraft...

Preservationist of the Year 2011

Mark Walker - the 2011 Award Winner! The Preservationist of the Year award for 2011 goes to Mark Walker. The award is given to mark years of work in the restoration of a very special and unique car. Built 106 years ago by Darracq, the car was designed especially forsprint racing. It broke the record for the flying kilometre at 109 mph on its...

Preservationist of the Year 2010

Derek Gransden - the 2010 Award Winner! The Preservationist of the Year award for 2010 goes to Derek Gransden for his leadership of the VIC96 trust. When the Maryport maritime museum closed several vessels were left to an uncertain fate. A group of enthusiasts from SE England decided to restore VIC96, one of the last Victualling Inshore Craft...

Preservationist of the Year 2009

Peter Vacher - the 2009 Award Winner! The Preservationist of the Year award for 2009 goes to Peter Vacher. The award is given in recognition of the repatriation from India and restoration to flight of Hawker Hurricane Mk1 R4118, the sole surviving Hurricane from the Battle of Britain in flying condition.

Preservationist of the Year 2008

Michael York - the 2008 Award Winner! The Preservationist of the Year award for 2008 goes to Dr Michael York, Chairman of the Severn Valley Railway. The award recognises his achievement in leading his organisation through a tremendous struggle against the adversity caused by a natural disaster. The flooding of June 2007 when the River Severn...

Preservationist of the Year 2007

Dr Robert Pleming The Preservationist of the Year award winner 2007 - a person who has achieved something exceptional in a particular year, but, in this case, one might argue that the period covered is closer to ten years. Receiving the 2007 Preservationist of the Year Award from Prince Michael was Dr Robert Pleming, CEO of the...

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 2019

Josh Smith: When our young preservationist was aged 9, a family friend suggested that the two of them rebuild a Mini together. Unfortunately that did not happen because of the friend’s illness, and so it was not until he had reached the age of 15 that a Mini was purchased for restoration. Josh set about teaching himself the skills...

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 2020

The National Transport Trust is the only national charity established to promote and encourage the preservation of Britain's unique transport heritage in all its forms – that is to say air, land (road and rail) and water (sea and inland).Each year the Trust invites nominations for awards to assist individuals and groups who are working hard...

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 2019

David Davies: A railway enthusiast from a very young age, Dave became a keen railway photographer but was always most interested in the engineering.In 1965 he saw at Didcot GWR loco 4079 ‘Pendennis Castle.’ and was invited to help in its cosmetic restoration. Although he never met co-owner Bill McAlpine, Bill was indirectly...

 

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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