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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 2020

Tony Agar Our Preservationist of the Year became involved, or captivated, by the de Havilland Mosquito while a member of the Air Cadets. The Mosquito is an unusual aircraft in that it was made largely of wood, from components created in furniture factories and glued together in aircraft factories in England, Canada and Australia. It was...

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 2020

Lewis Perry: Our Young Preservationist of the year is Lewis Perry, who took on the restoration of a very rusty but complete motorcycle from 1952. He had been volunteering at the Spa Valley Railway for some time and this had strengthened his interest in matters mechanical and engineering, and had also given him the idea of taking on his own...

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 2020

David Ogilvy Aviation claimed David at the age of eight when a Hawker Hart biplane buzzed his school, and it never released him. One way or another it has been his career for three quarters of a century from the age of 18, and continues today. At the age of 22 he decided that an organisation was needed to co-ordinate the increasing interest in...


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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