DERBY AND HUCKNALL BRANCH

The Derby and Hucknall Branch operates through its volunteer members to promote and preserve the history and the engineering excellence of Rolls-Royce at its Derby and Hucknall factories. We aim to achieve this through high-lighting the cultures, the people and the products. We almost exclusively limit ourselves to the aerospace propulsion side of the Company’s business which includes those technologies which were spun off from this business to provide propulsion and power for use on land and sea in other markets.

It is now 80 years since cars were last designed and manufactured in Derby and we cooperate with the Sir Henry Royce Memorial Foundation to assist them in their primary role of the Motor car heritage. Our interest in the Company’s motor cars doesn’t stop there however, and we are now coming to a completion of the re-creation of one of the last unique cars to leave the Derby factory in 1939, the Bentley Corniche. We are also planning a project to restore a Phantom III V12 car engine of 1932 whose construction was an early model for the Merlin aero engine.

We aim to provide an authoritative view of the heritage through maintaining exhibitions of the products with a team of volunteer guides, an archive of documentation, reports and photographs and other artefacts, and workshops where volunteer members preserve and restore examples of hardware and give training to young engineers. We also hold a programme of lectures over the year and publish a series of historic and technical books.

We maintain three exhibitions, all available to the general public by prior appointment.

DERBY AND HUCKNALL BRANCH

The Derby and Hucknall Branch operates through its volunteer members to promote and preserve the history and the engineering excellence of Rolls-Royce at its Derby and Hucknall factories. We aim to achieve this through high-lighting the cultures, the people and the products. We almost exclusively limit ourselves to the aerospace propulsion side of the Company’s business which includes those technologies which were spun off from this business to provide propulsion and power for use on land and sea in other markets.

It is now 80 years since cars were last designed and manufactured in Derby and we cooperate with the Sir Henry Royce Memorial Foundation to assist them in their primary role of the Motor car heritage. Our interest in the Company’s motor cars doesn’t stop there however, and we are now coming to a completion of the re-creation of one of the last unique cars to leave the Derby factory in 1939, the Bentley Corniche. We are also planning a project to restore a Phantom III V12 car engine of 1932 whose construction was an early model for the Merlin aero engine.

We aim to provide an authoritative view of the heritage through maintaining exhibitions of the products with a team of volunteer guides, an archive of documentation, reports and photographs and other artefacts, and workshops where volunteer members preserve and restore examples of hardware and give training to young engineers. We also hold a programme of lectures over the year and publish a series of historic and technical books.

We maintain three exhibitions, all available to the general public by prior appointment.

DERBY AND HUCKNALL BRANCH

The Derby and Hucknall Branch operates through its volunteer members to promote and preserve the history and the engineering excellence of Rolls-Royce at its Derby and Hucknall factories. We aim to achieve this through high-lighting the cultures, the people and the products. We almost exclusively limit ourselves to the aerospace propulsion side of the Company’s business which includes those technologies which were spun off from this business to provide propulsion and power for use on land and sea in other markets.

It is now 80 years since cars were last designed and manufactured in Derby and we cooperate with the Sir Henry Royce Memorial Foundation to assist them in their primary role of the Motor car heritage. Our interest in the Company’s motor cars doesn’t stop there however, and we are now coming to a completion of the re-creation of one of the last unique cars to leave the Derby factory in 1939, the Bentley Corniche. We are also planning a project to restore a Phantom III V12 car engine of 1932 whose construction was an early model for the Merlin aero engine.

We aim to provide an authoritative view of the heritage through maintaining exhibitions of the products with a team of volunteer guides, an archive of documentation, reports and photographs and other artefacts, and workshops where volunteer members preserve and restore examples of hardware and give training to young engineers. We also hold a programme of lectures over the year and publish a series of historic and technical books.

We maintain three exhibitions, all available to the general public by prior appointment.

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The first of these is housed in the Trust’s premises on Osmaston Road, Derby, and contains over 200 engines, and is arguably one of the largest collections of engines on display in the world, with exhibits from before the First World War through to the modern civil large turbofans, together with an extensive range of engine technology items.

These exhibits chronicle not only the story of Rolls-Royce, but that of many of the ancestor companies which are now part of the present-day Rolls-Royce such as Armstrong Siddeley, Bristol de Havilland, and other British companies no longer in business, as well as international companies from Europe and North America. Engines in this display have been assembled by the Derby and Hucknall, Coventry and Bristol Branches, with others being on loan from outside bodies such as the RAF Museum and the Imperial War Museum.

The development of the aero engine, over the last century, has enabled many of the major advances in aviation to take place and with Engineering being the “art of compromise” to meet the best balance of the customer’s requirements, it is not surprising that different engineers from various companies have designed different solutions to meet these requirements. It is the object of this exhibition to show the advances in propulsion technology and these different solutions, so our visitors can compare and contrast the various approaches, whether they be liquid or air-cooled piston engines or two or three shaft gas turbines.

The exhibition also includes some of the technologies developed over the past century for both piston and gas turbine engines. Items include crankshafts, reduction gears, superchargers and their drives, compressors, combustion systems and turbines.

To enhance and protect this unique collection the Rolls-Royce Power and Propulsion Collection and Museum are being developed to inspire and educate current and future generations to work in the field of power and propulsion. It is hoped that the facility will be used in the development of current Rolls-Royce employees and in the teaching of STEM subjects in schools and colleges and promoting the story to the public to intrigue and inspire.

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Our second exhibition is situated in the Company’s Learning and Development Centre at Sinfin, Derby and tells the story of the Rolls-Royce range of products. The larger part of this exhibition today contains approximately a dozen Rolls-Royce engines ranging from Henry Royce’s first engine, the V12 Eagle of 1914, through the Merlin and the RB211-22 to the Trent 1000 of today.

Families visiting the Derby Heritage centre with two Airbus jet engines
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Our second exhibition is situated in the Company’s Learning and Development Centre at Sinfin, Derby and tells the story of the Rolls-Royce range of products. The larger part of this exhibition today contains approximately a dozen Rolls-Royce engines ranging from Henry Royce’s first engine, the V12 Eagle of 1914, through the Merlin and the RB211-22 to the Trent 1000 of today.

STEM 8 - School children at Rolls Royce heritage Centre in Derby viewing exhibits as part of Schools Educational visit
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Our third exhibition, assembled and maintained by our volunteer members in the Hucknall group, is held in two post War Wing Test Hangars on the original Hucknall Aerodrome, where engines and technology items from the days when this airfield was the home of the Rolls-Royce Flight Test Centre from 1934 to 1971. Hucknall was also the home of the world renowned static engine testing facilities where all Rolls Royce civil engine unique certification tests were performed until their closure in 2008. Most of the exhibits are part of the Derby and Hucknall Branch Collection and there are frequent exchanges of exhibits between our three displays to keep them fresh. The Hucknall display includes exhibits associated with the testing activities and also includes a unique display of models of the flight hangars and the individual aircraft that operated from this flight test centre. This model display was built by long standing member, John Housley.

The Hucknall site is being redeveloped into other uses and the two Wing Hangars are being reassigned to an independent charity, namely the Hucknall Flight Test Museum, where the existing third element of the Power and Propulsion Collection will remain on display.

Please consult http://huflighttestmuseum.co.uk/index.html to find out how to visit the Hucknall Flight Test Museum

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CONTACTS

Derby/Hucknall Branch Chairman
Alan Newby

Vice Chairman
Chris Hornblower, Geoff Kirk

Secretary
Kathryn Sibley(email)

Treasurer
Chris Lotter

Hucknall Group Chairman
Alan Spray

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Derby Centre - Arial View of Derby City - Bridge and Cathedral
Bristol Centre - Arial View of Bristol River and Bridge
Coventry Centre - Arial View of Coventry City - Cityscape
Indianapolis Centre - View of City - Cityscape
East Kirkbride Centre - Bridge and Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre

CONTACTS

Derby/Hucknall Branch Chairman
Alan Newby

Vice Chairman
Chris Hornblower, Geoff Kirk

Secretary
Kathryn Sibley (email)

Treasurer
Chris Lotter

Hucknall Group Chairman
Alan Spray

Derby Centre - Arial View of Derby City - Bridge and Cathedral
Bristol Centre - Arial View of Bristol River and Bridge
Coventry Centre - Arial View of Coventry City - Cityscape
Indianapolis Centre - View of City - Cityscape
East Kirkbride Centre - Bridge and Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre
Join Now
Volunteer

CONTACTS

Derby/Hucknall Branch Chairman
Alan Newby

Vice Chairman
Chris Hornblower, Geoff Kirk

Secretary
Kathryn Sibley (email)

Treasurer
Chris Lotter

Hucknall Group Chairman
Alan Spray

Join Now
Volunteer
Derby Centre - Arial View of Derby City - Bridge and Cathedral
Bristol Centre - Arial View of Bristol River and Bridge
Coventry Centre - Arial View of Coventry City - Cityscape
Indianapolis Centre - View of City - Cityscape
East Kirkbride Centre - Bridge and Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre