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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.

Trust vehicles are not licensed to carry passengers for hire and reward. Sorry!

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

Donations can be made online using the Paypal link below.

A fantastic £1000 raised through our April 2020 Crowdfunder appeal !! 🎈🎈🎈👍 A really big thank you to all of you who have helped towards this. This will help tremendously as we strive to keep things ticking over. It’s been a lot of fun to do so I hope you have enjoyed the daily pictures and the mass photo sharing on our ‘Now Not Running Day’ LTHT Facebook page. There’s never a good time to ask for donations and we are aware many of you have been facing equal challenges alongside that of our hobby, health, families, furlough etc. So a massive thank you. You can still make a donation to to the Trust by using the Paypal donate button above.

 

 

 

 

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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 Braunstone Civic Centre
  • All this for just £25 per annum

News & Events

Find out more on our events and meetings

Vehicles

Find out more on our vehicles here

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Twelve panels that depict Transport in Leicester

Tram Depot

Our new project for Stoneygate Tram Depot

‘Fifty Years of Confidence’ New Book Available

‘Fifty Years of Confidence’ New Book Available

 The new book, ‘Fifty Years of Confidence’ to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Confidence is now available and ready for dispatch from next week.  Please post cheques for £22.00, which includes postage and packing, payable to Ken Williams, direct to 30...

B&CP Magazine Subscription special offer

B&CP Magazine Subscription special offer

BUS & COACH PRESERVATION MAGAZINE The May 2020 Bus & Coach Preservation magazine has a 7 page article on the second restoration of Leicester City Transport, all Leyland PD2/1 No 154 (FJF 193). There is a generous offer of a mini-subscription of...

WE NEED YOUR HELP.

WE NEED YOUR HELP.

This month we were due to hold our April Running Day at Quorn with our friends at the GCR. We also planned to celebrate 50 years of Confidence Bus & Coach. (And launch a restored PD2 too!) The LTHT rely on the income from the sale of the event...

Bus & Train Spectacular. Saturday 25th April 2020. POSTPONED

Bus & Train Spectacular. Saturday 25th April 2020. POSTPONED

Joint statement by Leicester Transport Heritage Trust and the Great Central Railway.  In light of the current situation with regard to the Covid 19 virus the Bus and Train Spectacular event due to be held on Saturday 25th April 2020 is postponed and will...

FJF 193 is back

FJF 193 is back

The Leicester Transport Heritage Trust are pleased to report that our Leyland Titan PD2 No.154 has made a return to the road after a major mechanical and body overhaul. The LTHT would like to thank First Leicester for undertaking the majority of the work...

Latest edition of LEICESTER WHEELS

Latest edition of LEICESTER WHEELS

The latest edition of 'LEICESTER WHEELS' the quarterly journal of the Leicester Transport Heritage Trust is out now. Edition number 70 January 2020 features news of the return to Leicester of ex Midland Red D9 double decker 6314 HA. There are also reports of the...

METROPOLITAN OUC 113R

METROPOLITAN OUC 113R

Although new to London Transport in 1976, Metropolitan BR111DH did see service with Leicester Citybus as a driver trainer vehicle. The bus still survives at the yard of London Bus Export yard in Lydney, Gloucestershire. Showing signs of the heavy rust that inflicted...

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 £25 per annum