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The WHOTT 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 by appointment.

Soon after being established WHOTT was registered as a limited company by guarantee and also obtained charitable status. We have published a Collection Policy 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 £24.

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Contact WHOTT by post via our registered office: Kalmia, Church Road, Colaton Raleigh, Devon EX10 0LW, or the Chairman.

Dorchester Vintage Bus Running Day

The Trustees have reluctantly decided to cancel this year's event.
(29 May 20)


AGM POSTPONED and something you could do during the Covid-19 epidemic
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 telephone enquiry.  

(19 March 20)

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