Bus Museum need help raising funds for new home

The bus museum has outgrown it’s current location and with rent increases from the Isle of Wight council, needs to find a new home.

IW Bus Museum

Thanks to Dave Moore for sharing this appeal from the excellent Isle of Wight Bus Museum. Ed


The Isle of Wight Bus Museum was established in 1997, when Southern Vectis abandoned its heritage fleet.

The museum’s home since then has been a disused grain storage shed on the quay at Newport Harbour. This shed is no longer suitable for us.

The number of buses in our collection has grown so much that several have to be stored away from The Quay, and at expense.

Rent increase by IWC
More importantly, the local council have raised the rent for this building to a level that means the museum has been trading at a loss for some time.

This state of affairs cannot continue if the museum is to survive.

Potential new home found
We have found a potential new home and we’re now looking to raise funds to allow us to purchase the site outright. We have considered an approach to Heritage Lottery Funding, but they do not make rapid decisions and if we did submit a bid, the opportunity to purchase this site will have passed by the time we received an answer, with no certainty that the reply would be positive.

Your donations needed
We have some money in the bank but not enough! Do you have money you could donate?

If you can help or know someone who could assist the bus museum please get in touch with the museum director, Bill Ackroyd.

He can be contacted on william.ackroyd@talk21.com

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Monday, 25th March, 2013 1:05pm

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1 Comment

  1. mat's comment is rated +2 Vote +1 Vote -1

    25.Mar.2013 1:51pm

    As a great believer in a proper pro-social integrated transport system I believe heritage plays a great role in the type of bus service I grew up with. Buses have to be a key factor in social consciousness. The bus users group, the Trades unions and passengers hopefully reflect on the problems of the museum and its re-location. I believe it can be provide a focus to the return of “Wightbus” and the many years of success that Council run, regulated buses had. They were great for community, were cheap and reliable for the passengers and supported workers going to work, helped tourism and the economy. Let’s return to how they were organised at their best and good luck to the museum to highlight a past that will one day be our future!!

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