The Rolls-Royce Heritage Trust was established in 1981 by a small group of employees who took pride in the company’s past achievements. The company agreed that action was necessary to ensure that the record of past endeavours was not lost, but circumstances at the time made it difficult to establish a formal Heritage Department.
When the employees proposed the setting up of a Trust as an independent body, the initiative won the full support of the company. Space was found, and other services provided, and the Trust began to grow.
To the delight of the small founding band, employees, past as well as present, and other enthusiasts began to join on the company’s UK sites at Bristol, Coventry, Derby, Hucknall, Leavesden and in Scotland, at East Kilbride and Hillington. It rapidly became apparent that, with sites not only being geographically distant but also representing different ancestral companies and different product ranges, a headquarter and branch structure was necessary.