British Motor Museums

6th May 2019

Volunteers in our transport museums provide a valuable service. Oxford Bus Museum has been presented with The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, signed by Her Majesty the Queen.

It is the first time that a Road Transport Museum has won such an award, established in 2002 to celebrate the Golden Jubilee anniversary of Her Majesty’s Coronation. The Certificate was presented by the Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire, Tim Stevenson, OBE, in April 2019..

The Oxford Bus Museum has always been an all-volunteer organisation with no paid staff. It has a strong commitment to education providing school visits enabling young people to learn the history of travel in Oxford over the past 130 years.

The first vehicle in the Oxford Bus Museum collection was a 1949 AEC Regal III, with Willowbrook bodywork (registration NJO 703). There are now some 40 vehicles in the Bus Museum. Many have been restored and some are used to transport visitors from the nearby car park to the Long Hanborough Museum site.

In 2004 it provided a home for the Morris Motors Museum which traces the development of the Nuffield Group of companies. It houses a collection of Morris vehicles from a 1928 Bullnose Cowley to a 1977 Mini as well as a Nuffield tractor.

The link between William Morris, founder of Morris Motors, and buses in Oxford, can be traced to 1913 when he and a partner started the first motorbus service in the city.

From personal experience I can recommend a visit to the Oxford Bus Museum, details may be found on the britishmotormuseums.com website.

David Burke 6th May 2019

1949 AEC Regal
City double decker
Morris Minor Van
GPO phones Series E van

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