THE ROLLS-ROYCE HERITAGE TRUST

The Rolls-Royce Heritage Trust is a Private Limited Company by guarantee and exists to promote and preserve the history, heritage and engineering excellence of Rolls-Royce.

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.

THE ROLLS-ROYCE HERITAGE TRUST

The Rolls-Royce Heritage Trust is a Private Limited Company by guarantee and exists to promote and preserve the history, heritage and engineering excellence of Rolls-Royce.

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.

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OBJECTIVES

The objectives of the Trust, its Branch structure, Corporate Heritage Office and publications are to:

OBJECTIVES

The objectives of the Trust, its Branch structure, Corporate Heritage Office and publications are to:

OBJECTIVES

The objectives of the Trust, its Branch structure, Corporate Heritage Office and publications are to:

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Promote the history and engineering heritage of Rolls-Royce and its ancestral companies.

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Advise the company in the preservation of material and on matters concerning the company’s history

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Research, record, arrange displays, and publish books

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Maintain safe custody of materials entrusted to it

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Mount lectures on the company’s history and engineering heritage

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Act as the company’s authority on all matters of preservation of hardware and records for historic purposes and liaise externally on these matters

The Trust has never sought direct financial support from the company. Its finances are derived from subscriptions from its world-wide membership and the sale of publications.

The Trust has never sought direct financial support from the company. Its finances are derived from subscriptions from its world-wide membership and the sale of publications.

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Promote the history and engineering heritage of Rolls-Royce and its ancestral companies.

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Advise the company in the preservation of material and on matters concerning the company’s history

reasearch

Research, record, arrange displays, and publish books

safety

Maintain safe custody of materials entrusted to it

company history

Mount lectures on the company’s history and engineering heritage

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Act as the company’s authority on all matters of preservation of hardware and records for historic purposes and liaise externally on these matters

The Trust has never sought direct financial support from the company. Its finances are derived from subscriptions from its world-wide membership and the sale of publications.

BRANCHES

By the mid-1980s branches had been established in Bristol, Coventry, Derby – with an allied group at Hucknall, Leavesden and in Scotland. A separate branch covers the Rolls-Royce Indianapolis heritage.

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EXHIBITS

Each branch has a significant collection of Rolls-Royce power and propulsion exhibits, a large proportion of which are open for viewing by the public, schools and researchers. As well as our permanent displays, we have a dynamic programme of temporary exhibitions, events and educational activities to help our visitors to get close to the technology and engineering history of Rolls-Royce and its subsidiary companies. Visitors will develop a deeper understanding of the significance of the products and how they work

EXHIBITS

Each branch has a significant collection of Rolls-Royce power and propulsion exhibits, a large proportion of which are open for viewing by the public, schools and researchers. As well as our permanent displays, we have a dynamic programme of temporary exhibitions, events and educational activities to help our visitors to get close to the technology and engineering history of Rolls-Royce and its subsidiary companies. Visitors will develop a deeper understanding of the significance of the products and how they work

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EXHIBITS

Each branch has a significant collection of Rolls-Royce power and propulsion exhibits, a large proportion of which are open for viewing by the public, schools and researchers. As well as our permanent displays, we have a dynamic programme of temporary exhibitions, events and educational activities to help our visitors to get close to the technology and engineering history of Rolls-Royce and its subsidiary companies. Visitors will develop a deeper understanding of the significance of the products and how they work

Bristol RB199
COV Sapphire 7
DERBY Phantom FG.1 XT596 at Hucknall
USA V22 Osprey Engine Nacelle (RR T406)

MEMBERSHIP

As a member of the Trust there is a wide selection of things you can get involved in as a Volunteer from practical work conserving our exhibits to running the Trust, to see the current list click on the link below

Become a member
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MEMBERSHIP

As a member of the Trust there is a wide selection of things you can get involved in as a Volunteer from practical work conserving our exhibits to running the Trust, to see the current list click on the link below

Become a member
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GOVERNANCE

The Trust is a Private Limited Company by guarantee without share capital governed by a Board responsible for all affairs and property and a Council responsible for activities and proper conduct of membership and branches. The Council also acts as link and communication channel between members, branches and the Board.

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