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.

Donations, either towards our general running costs, or towards specific projects or vehicles are always welcome.

Donations can be made online using the BT mydonate link below.

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Dennis Dominator FUT 240V

Former Leicester City Transport Dennis Dominator No.240 built with East Lancs bodywork has returned to Leicester for further preservation after nearly 10 years exile on the South Coast. The vehicle had latterly had been converted by First Leicester as a driver trainer...

AEC Bridgemaster 217 AJF

A number of ex Leicester buses attended the 44th Showbus International. Britain's biggest bus and coach display, which took place this year at Donington Park, Leicestershire. With over 300 buses and coaches attending the event from across the country, it is pleasing...

Daimler UJF 182 in Italy 2016

A very rare ex Leicester City Transport double decker bus has reappeared in Italy. UJF 182 a 1959 Daimler CSG6/30 with Metro-Cammell bodywork is the last surviving one from a batch of six ordered by LCT for evaluation purposes. Although they were regularly in service...

Showbus 2016 Trip

SHOWBUS DONINGTON PARK Sunday 25th September 2016 For over 40 years the worlds biggest bus display, a colourful display of hundreds of old & new buses and coaches. The Leicester Transport Heritage Trust will be providing a free bus to Showbus, although an event...

Leicester Heritage Bus Running Day & Rally 2016 Report

This year the Leicester Heritage Bus Running Day moved to the new venue at the much larger Birstall Park & Ride site. This was quite appropriate as December 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of Leicester's Park & Ride bus services. The move to the new site did...

Heritage Open Days at the Stoneygate Tram Depot

THURSDAY, FRIDAY SATURDAY & SUNDAY 8th - 11th SEPTEMBER 2016 10 am - 4 pm With over 50 events, including many new ones, Heritage Open Days provide the city with an excellent opportunity to showcase Leicester's history. Every year hidden historical gems are waiting...

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 encourage the...

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...


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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