Leicester Transport Heritage Trust

The Leicester Transport Heritage Trust was formed in 2007 as a result of a merger of two well established groups with similar interests and objectives. The Trust was awarded Charitable Status in 2008 under the classification of Education, Training, Heritage, Environment and Conservation.

The Trust’s principal aim is to research, preserve and promote Leicester and Leicestershire’s road transport heritage. Our interest is in all forms of road transport, be it bus, coach, tram, truck, van, car or cycles providing it has a local connection.

Our aspiration is to showcase the area’s rich and fascinating transport heritage in a permanent museum and we are making notable progress in realising this exciting objective.

Whilst many consider transport to be a very mechanical subject we are great believers in the importance of the social aspect of transport heritage because it is very much about the people that made the industry work and thrive, in addition to the equipment they used to achieve this. It is also about the people who worked on and used Leicester’s public transport and how it transformed the city and the lives of the people who live or lived here.

Trust members have the opportunity to get involved in vehicle restoration, archive related work or representing the Trust at community events if they wish to do so.

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Tram Depot

Our new project for Stoneygate Tram Depot

Leicester Bus Running Day Sunday 4th September 2016

10:30am- 5:00pm There will be a bumper 32 page event programme available on the day costing £3. Please support the event by buying a copy from LTHT volunteers. LTHT Event Programme Leicester Transport Heritage Trust’s Annual Bus Running Day will be at the new...

Bus Rally Trips 2016

The following vehicles will be attending events during the Summer and Autumn Bus Rally season: Subject to vehicle availability. If you wish to travel on any of these proposed trips or require more information, please contact: Andrew Tucker. Telephone 07891071908 or...

Transport Trust Red Wheel

Stoneygate Tram depot has been awarded a Transport Trust ‘Red Wheel’ plaque in recognition of being a rare example of a District Car Tram Shed and an “Edwardian Gem”. The Transport Trust is the only national charity established to promote and...

Leicester Bus Station Opening 7th May 2016.

The new 13.5 million pound Leicester City Centre, Haymarket Bus Station, opened today on the 7th May 2016. Although regular bus services were planned to start the following day a small number of vintage buses were invited along to take part in the opening...

OJF 191Leyland Tiger Cub / Weymann

The LTHT are delighted to announce that following a successful application the trust has been awarded a conservation grant of £20.000 by Arts Council, England towards the restoration of the bodywork of LCT Leyland Tiger Cub No 191. This bus has been provided through...

Kirby & West milk float donated to Trust

1960 Kirby & West milk float WRY 342 is donated to the Trust After receiving news that local company Kirby & West were withdrawing some of their famous milk floats it was decided wouldn’t it be a good idea if the Trust acquired one. LTHT director Mike...

ex First Leicester Scania L113 S350 MFP joins the LTHT collection

A rather more modern vehicle has been added to the  LTHT collection. New to First Leicester in October 1998, as No.350, and latterly with First Potteries it is No. 60006, a Wright Axcess ultra-low bodied Scania L113CRL single decker, registered S350 MFP. Following...

War Memorial

Some years ago the LTHT managed to rescue the Memorial to the 70 men of the Leicester Tramways and Electricity Department who gave their lives in the Great War and also to the additional seven men of Leicester City Transport who lost their lives in World War 2. We are...

Leyland PD2 joins the Trust’s Collection

After a number of years in private ownership, well known Leyland PD2, 154 (FJF 193) has joined the Trust’s own collection of vehicles. A Leyland PD2/1 with Leyland H33/29R, it was originally new to Leicester City Transport in December 1950. It spent almost 20...

Archive

The Trust’s archive is independently recognised as being important and unique. It relates very specifically to Leicester and Leicestershire covering an incredibly interesting time period not only for the buses and public transport, but in representing the social and demographic changes in the city too. The collection of paper documents, photographs and small artefacts dates back to April 1834 with a London to Nottingham via Leicester stage coach companion.

We have a wealth of material that relates to the late nineteenth century, including a substantial number of items from the Leicester Tramways Company which operated from 1874 to 1901. Material from the twentieth century is well covered and the Trust recognises that the collecting of archive material is an ongoing process. Systems are in place to ensure that current transport related material also takes its rightful place in the archive.

Members of the Trust’s Archive Team receive ongoing support from qualified archivists who are based locally. The team have also been on a number of Collection Care courses organised by the East Midlands Museums Service. Trust volunteers are steadily documenting and digitising items in the extensive collection.

Become a Member

Advantages of joining Some of the advantages of joining the Leicester Transport Heritage Trust are:

  • The opportunity to get involved in restoration, archive work and community outreach
  • Receive a quarterly high quality local transport related journal
  • Monthly Saturday morning social meeting at New Walk Museum
  • All this for just £20 per annum
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