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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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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

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All our Stories

Twelve panels that depict Transport in Leicester

Tram Depot

Our new project for Stoneygate Tram Depot

General Hospital Bus Route 55 – 70th Anniversary

General Hospital Bus Route 55 – 70th Anniversary

Route 55 General Hospital   The first bus service to Leicester General Hospital was introduced on 14th April 1930. This was a connecting service from the East Park Road tram routes and only ran between Gwendolen Road/East Park Road junction via Gwendolen Road to...

50th Anniversary LCT Route 11 to Anstey Lane

50th Anniversary LCT Route 11 to Anstey Lane

On Monday 26th October 1970, the once well-known Anstey Lane loop service commenced.The history of the Anstey Lane routes can be traced back to the introduction of route 12 Groby Road on 24th January 1949, replacing tram route 9 and running from the City Centre to...

Special 2020/2021 LTHT membership offer

Special 2020/2021 LTHT membership offer

Interested in Leicester's Road Transport history? Join the Leicester Transport Heritage Trust in October, November or December 2020 and get 15 months membership till December 2021. Special offer of £25 membership deal Download LTHT application from the link below....

‘Park & Ride in Leicester’ Book by Andrew Bartlett

‘Park & Ride in Leicester’ Book by Andrew Bartlett

‘Park & Ride in Leicester’ by Andrew Bartlett Britain’s first successful Park & Ride scheme was launched in Leicester during the run-up to Christmas in 1966. This book chronicles the fifty-five years of ups and downs from those humble beginnings in 1966 and...

Route 87 60th Anniversary October 2nd 1960

Route 87 60th Anniversary October 2nd 1960

A look back at the old Route 87 to Eyres Monsell Joint service between Midland Red & LCT We are slightly late but we'll mark the 60th annivesary of the start of Route 87 which began on Sunday 2nd October 1960: New Route 87 ran From: Welford Place,...

Route 88 Eyres Monsell 60th Anniversary

Route 88 Eyres Monsell 60th Anniversary

  60th Anniversary of Route 88 to Eyres Monsell  The first bus services to Eyres Monsell started on 18th January 1953 with routes 40 to Pasley Road/Lydall Road and 51 which continued on to Sturdee Road/Simmins Crescent. These both ran from Welford Place...

Leicester ‘Wheels’ July 2020 edition

Leicester ‘Wheels’ July 2020 edition

Latest edition of the Leicester Wheels features 70 years of Woods Coaches, Stuart Render tells the story Advantages of joining Some of the advantages of joining the Leicester Transport Heritage Trust are: The opportunity to get involved in restoration, archive work...

Co-op Milk Float for sale on Ebay

Co-op Milk Float for sale on Ebay

Steve Foxon as spotted this for sale on ebay. Its in LE17. Looks to be ex Co-Op and certainly of the type used in Leicestershire and Midlands. Its a super rare BTH made locally too. No reg but that may possibly be traceable. If anybody has space and is keen to take it...

Midland Fox Cub Ford Transit M1

Midland Fox Cub Ford Transit M1

 Update on ex Midland Fox Ford Transit M1. By Bob Fleming Fox Cub M1 is not owned by the Trust, but is an accessioned object in the Leicestershire Museums collection. M1 was first registered in April 1985 and was the prototype for the Midland Fox ‘Fox Cub’ minibus...

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