The Rolls-Royce Heritage Trust was formed in 1981, to promote and preserve the history and engineering excellence of Rolls-Royce, There are five branches which serve the historical interests of the aero-engine companies that, over the years were assimilated to create the present organisation, and a branch dedicated to electrical engineering.
The Derby & Hucknall Branch and the Scottish Branch are concerned primarily with the heritage of Rolls-Royce Limited. The Bristol Branch covers the products and history of the early Bristol and Bristol Siddeley companies, as well as the famous names of de Havilland, Blackburn and, to a lesser degree, Napier.
The Coventry Branch, currently resident at the Rolls-Royce Training Centre, Mickleover, Derby, is the authority on Armstrong Siddeley and its predecessors. In the main, these Branches and the newly-formed Indianapolis Branch which is dedicated to the achievements of the Allison Engine Company, concern themselves with aero-engine related heritage, although motor car interests are also included.
The Branches each produce their own magazines, which contain articles of historic interest relating so far mainly to events and experiences of the piston and early jet engine era. Books are also published at regular intervals and specialise in the histories of the products of the founder companies. Again, emphasis, to date, has been on aero-engines, motor cars, premises and people.
The Derby & Hucknall, Bristol and Coventry Branches have workshop facilities where engines are restored to exhibition standards. A wide variety of these engines, as well as other artifacts, are on permanent display. Each branch undertakes to present a series of lectures each year on matters historic, and topical, given by past and present engineering staff and also by guest speakers. The Trust also assists the aircraft preservation scene in supplying information and advice on the restoration of engines.
Membership of the trust, currently in excess of 2000, is worldwide and open to current and past employees as well as enthusiasts for engineering heritage with an interest in Rolls-Royce and its ancestral companies.
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