Aston Manor Road Transport Museum.
Shenstone Drive (off Northgate),
Tel. 01922 454761 Email email@example.com
Aston Manor Transport Museum will be opening to the public regularly from Tuesday, 2nd July 2013 onwards. We will be open from 10:30 to 16:00 each Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday; admission charges will be £3 adult, £2 children and £8 family tickets. View our brochure here.
The museum isn't yet fully finished, but work will be progressing over the next few months to improve displays and facilities, but we will be really pleased to welcome visitors, now that our long awaited planning consent has been obtained. We will also be pleased to see any new volunteers, including people that can help staff the museum and welcome visitors and man (or woman) our shop, as well as those with more practical ambitions.
Do You Remember Harper Brothers?
At the museum, we’ve been struck by the number of visitors with fond memories of Harpers buses and coaches, who served the area faithfully until 1974 and had a garage just down the road in the centre of Aldridge. Now there’s a chance of bringing two Harpers coaches back from Ireland and bringing the pale green and cream livery back to the streets of Aldridge. But we have to move fast - their storage area must be cleared in the next couple of weeks - and the purchase and move will be costly - at least £2500 just to repatriate them, then we have to find storage space and restore one or both of them. Once ‘home’, the cost of restoration will probably get into five figures. Can you help?
The coaches, dating from 1959, had bodies by Willowbrook of Loughborough on Wolverhampton-built Guy chassis; with this year being the centenary of Guy Motors, that’s another good reason for bringing these coaches, registered 1291RE and 1292RE, back to their home area.
We need firm offers of financial help - not just vague promises, but funds now! If you can help us raise the money we need, drop us a message with contact details (preferably not as an open reply) and we’ll get in touch. If we can get them (they come as a pair!) we also need storage - the museum is too full at the moment and, although we can get storage elsewhere, it is both distant and costly. Have you an empty barn, shed or factory in which they could go when they arrive - preferably somewhere in the Aldridge, Brownhills, Cannock, Heath Hayes area, where they belong? And at a cost we could afford? Again, get in touch with us - we’d really appreciate it, as we’re keen not to lose these local icons for ever!
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