Our History

The Trust was created in 1987 to accept the records of The National Bus Company (NBC) and its subsidiary companies, many of which started out as tramways in the Victorian era.

The Trust was the brainchild of the late John Austin Birks, who had been a regional director of NBC, but who was also an enthusiast for all forms of transport

[photo of JAB]

From its start, the Trust was housed in a building on an industrial estate near Droitwich Spa in Worcestershire. As the collection grew, so additional space was required and we are grateful to lifelong transport professionals David Beaman, Garry Charles, Andrew Vernon the late Arthur Townsend for funding extensions to our building. We are also grateful to National Express and Stagecoach Holdings which funded specialist temperature and humidity control throughout the building.

The collection has grown to include more NBC material from the operating companies themselves, we have had gifted the Department for Transport’s historic library, and the records of the Municipal Passenger Transport Association. We continue to be offered and to accept more records and books. Check our donations page if you would like to donate material, money of even your time!