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.

 

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LTHT Membership Application Form

 

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 £20 per annum

News & Events

Find out more on our events and meetings

Vehicles

Find out more on our vehicles here

All our Stories

Twelve panels that depict Transport in Leicester

Tram Depot

Our new project for Stoneygate Tram Depot

Great Central Railway Bus Shuttle Saturday 16th November 2019

Great Central Railway Bus Shuttle Saturday 16th November 2019

Leicester Transport Heritage Trust in association with the Great Central Railway Free Heritage Bus Service: Loughborough Midland and Loughborough Central Stations for the GCR “Last Hurrah” Gala (Saturday 16th November only) Bus Departures Saturday November 16th 2019...

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...

Another successful LTHT Heritage Bus Running Day.

Another successful LTHT Heritage Bus Running Day.

Saturday 27th July 2019 saw another successful LTHT Heritage Bus Running Day. Despite the wet weather the event which was held at the First Leicester depot on Abbey Lane still attracted many visitors tempted by the attraction of travelling on buses from days passed,...

AEC Renown 329 Bus. 80 years celebration publication

AEC Renown 329 Bus. 80 years celebration publication

To celebrate the 80th birthday of a rather special AEC double decker the Leicester Transport Heritage Trust have produced a 24 page (A4 size) soft back publication featuring the story of 329. Mike Greenwood and Bob Fleming have researched the history of ex Leicester...

Another Quorn & Woodhouse event Success

Another Quorn & Woodhouse event Success

Organised by the Leicester Transport Heritage Trust in association with the Great Central Railway the sixth 'Bus & Rail Spectacular' held on Saturday 27th April 2019 was a great success despite the cold weather conditions.  A selection of 40 buses and coaches were...

Co-operative Community Dividend Fund award

Co-operative Community Dividend Fund award

Central England Co operative Community Dividend award One of the LTHT objectives has been to try use the reminiscence of transport for providing some positive wellbeing to those unfortunate people who have been diagnosed with dementia and for some time now we have...

Leicester Scania Metropolitans 25 years since Withdrawal.

Leicester Scania Metropolitans 25 years since Withdrawal.

The Scania Metropolitan double deckers were introduced in April 1974 with a small batch of 8 vehicles, this increased to 68 up to 1977 when the single door versions were delivered. The Scania vehicles had proved a big hit in the city, drivers liked them and with full...

Midland Red D9 5314

Midland Red D9 5314

BMMO D9 5314 was acquired by the Leicester Transport Heritage Trust in December 2017. 5314 was new to Coalville garage in April 1963, remaining at the garage until it was transferred to Southgate Street garage (Leicester) in October 1977. It had the distinction of...

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