vision is to establish a museum devoted to the history and
development of public and commercial road transport in the region.
We are rigorously searching for a site that offers the best
potential and is easily accessible. Meanwhile our Leyland Panther
saloon acts as our mobile museum, offering a wide range of
information about WHOTT as an organisation, as well as staging
exhibitions. The Trust has seventeen vehicles in its care, covering
the period from 1929 to 1994, including traditional half-cab single
and double-deck buses, luxury coaches, minibuses and commercial
vehicles. It also has a growing archive facility that can be visited
Soon after being established WHOTT was
registered as a limited company by guarantee and also obtained
charitable status. We have published a
that provides a strict approach to what we can and cannot collect.
In summary we are interested in anything to do with manufacturing
and operating public and commercial road transport throughout the
south west. Our period of interest extends from the late nineteenth
century to the present day and we are as keen to record and preserve
examples of the latest technology as we are faithfully to
accommodate those from the past.
Between them the Trustees and Members
of WHOTT possess the breadth and depth of knowledge and enthusiasm
relevant to public and commercial road transport operation. This is the
key to establishing a museum that could, for posterity, combine that
knowledge and provide an educational resource for the benefit of
students of all ages.
To find out more please browse through
our pages, then contact us, or
become a Member today.
Interest and enthusiasm are all we ask, plus a minimum membership fee of
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Contact WHOTT by post via our registered office: Kalmia, Church
Road, Colaton Raleigh, Devon EX10 0LW, or the
Dorchester Vintage Bus
The Trustees have reluctantly decided to cancel this
(29 May 20)
POSTPONED and something you could do during the Covid-19
For obvious reasons we have had to postpone the AGM,
originally advertised in WHOTT’s NEWS 77 as on 9th May.
It has tentatively been rebooked for Saturday 13th June
at the same time and location. Our May magazine (WN78)
could also be delayed but we shall do all we can to
publish it at the earliest moment.
Something you could be doing during this period of
forced domesticity is to think how public transport is
coping in your area. During this critical time bus
companies are adapting to provide transport for
essential workers who are keeping the country ticking
and getting NHS staff and workers to distribution and
retail outlets. In years to come we shall look back and
wonder how the country survived and how public transport
played an important role. Please keep any references to
timetable changes and transport notices appearing in the
press and later on send them to WHOTT who have set up a
file to archive these extraordinary events.
(29 March 20)
Due to the corona virus Covid-19 and National
restrictions placed on the movement of people,
Coldharbour Mill at Uffculme will be closed from the
afternoon of 20th March. It is hoped to reopen in May
but this will be dependent on the situation at the
time. Consequently the WHOTT archive will also be
closed for this duration but every effort will be made to
provide some level of service by way of email or