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Recent accessions 

Recent accessions to the archive are recorded below. Please note that items may not be available for viewing in the reading room immediately. To avoid disappointment, please contact us prior to planning a visit.

Jul 2014

Image of scrapbook and two photographs

Celia Savage collection
This scrapbook and small collection of photographs captures a snapshot in time, and perfectly reflects a young woman’s fascination with and passion for motorsport between the years 1954-1955.

May 2014

Photographs of the CN8 wind tunnel model

Greville K Dawson collection
An intriguing collection of material documenting Greville Dawson’s involvement with the proposed Bluebird Supersonic Vehicle, ‘CN8’, which includes information concerning the design and development of the would-be record breaker, a typescript history of the land speed record attempt, and a photograph album of related images.

Nov 2013

Accrual to VBRA Collection

Accrual to VBRA collection
Additional material augments this interesting collection and includes conference proceedings, lists of members, minute books, price lists, rules, and yearbooks. The earliest example, a minute book of the Bradford Master Wheelwrights' Society, dates from 1864, some 50 years prior to the VBRA's formation.

Apr 2013

Minute book of the Manchester Road Vehicle Builders Association, 1909-1916

Vehicle Builders & Repairers Association (VBRA) collection
Early minute books and publications of the Vehicle Builders and Repairers Association, and its predecessors, spanning the years 1914-1961. This collection provides a fascinating insight into the development of the Association and are an important record of an industry in its ascendency.

Log book extract

William Hugh Miller collection
This charming collection contains six log books concerning the travels and motoring adventures of one Dr William Hugh Miller. The log books are conscientiously illustrated in places and span the years 1930-1989.

John Ellis at Hatley Park, 1927

John Ellis collection
Material relating to the Inter-University Motor Hill Climb of 1928, held at Ewelme Down, Wallingford. This collection includes a programme for the event and several illustrative photographs.


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