Devotees secure new home for Rootes gems
The Rootes Archive Centre Trust has a permanent new freehold home.
The £165,000 building at Wroxton, near Banbury, Oxfordshire, will provide first class storage for the trust’s collection of 300,000 engineering drawings, photographic collection and library of manuals and other technical literature.
The items, which had been at the former Rootes Ryton works in Coventry, were donated by Peugeot.
Initially housed in rented offices in the Westcott Venture Park at Bicester, the trust was forced to move to Banbury in order to find cheaper accommodation.
Spokesperson Andy Bye says: ‘We decided that the only way to really secure the future of the collection was to secure our own freehold premises. It will secure the future of this unique collection, which is of national importance.
We have had fantastic support, but there is a downside. We have raised £76,000, but the rest of the money is in the form of loans which we will have to pay back. People have been very generous and very patient.’
The trust, formed in 2004, hopes to move into the two floor 10,000sq ft on two floor premises by September.
Donations can be made by PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org. Nick Larkin www.rootesarchivecentre.org.uk