The Peart Pilkington Building

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The Society's New Building, named the Peart Pilkington Building, in memory of the two enthusiasts whose significant bequests helped us to deliver the dream, was formally opened on Saturday 12 June 2010 by Councillor Mrs Marion Brighton OBE, leader of North Kesteven District Council and Hon President of Lincolnshire Tourism, an event attended by nearly 200 invited guests and Society members.

A fine sunny day allowed our visitors to see the new building at its best, and to enjoy rides on a few of our vehicles after a buffet lunch. Buses Lincoln 64 and Lincolnshire 1411 were chosen to represent the collection of the late Mr Vincent LeTall, our founder, Doncaster 122 represented the late Tony Peart, Lincoln 5 took its place as the Society's first vehicle, and Bolton 54, after having served as platform for the opening speeches, also took to the road. The Museum's Austin 12, SS Jaguar and Daimler Limousine also offered rides.

Rolls Royce Titanic Ghost Opening Ceremony Peart Pilkington Building
Guests arriving in 1910 Rolls Royce 'Titanic Ghost' Cllr Mrs Marion Brighton OBE (leader of North Kesteven District Council) declares the building open Buffet lunch ready for guests
Peart Pilkington Building Leyland Lion Peart Pilkington Building
Guests viewing the Building Lincoln No. 5 leads the line of buses awaiting guests Guests socialising over lunch

Substantial bequests from two enthusiasts, Ken Pilkington and Tony Peart, together with money raised by the Society via members and visitors to the museum enabled this exciting project to get underway and it has received great support from Colin Avison of Beckside Buildings & Installations Ltd and Hodgson Elkington, Chartered Surveyors and Property Consultants, both respected local businesses, and North Kesteven District Council.

The project was successful in receiving major funding from Landfill Communities Fund of the the Waste Recycling Group (WRG) administered and distributed by Waste Recycling Environmental (WREN) to complete the new building, which allows improved workshop and storage facilities at the Museum.

This facility represents a great step forward, providing excellent new opportunities for the Society's volunteers to service and restore the collection of historic vehicles. The extra storage space will also help in the conservation of important vehicles previously held in open storage and enable rearrangement of the vehicle display in the adjacent museum on a regular basis.

Should we be lucky with further fund raising or sponsorship, we may be able to have the City of Lincoln Bristol VR double decker smartened up so that children can sit in the cab when they visit the revamped Museum - we do get many requests from families and schools for this - and the rare Midland Red built single decker could also be an excellent display vehicle in the Museum thanks to its later life as a booking office in Skegness for the Trent bus company.

Regular visitors have seen a rapid change in a space of less than nine months, as the construction took place in a 'window' between the November 2009 and April 2010 Open Day events. This represents an amazing achievement considering the winter we have experienced. Our thanks are due to Colin Avison of Beckside Buildings & Installations Ltd for all the hard work, and to Hodgson Elkington, Chartered Surveyors and Property Consultants, for their help in making temporary accommodation available for vehicle storage during the work.

A photo diary of the construction project can be seen here.

The Board of the LVVS greatly acknowledge the generous support from WRG and WREN with this exciting project. The Landfill Communities Fund (LCF) enables landfill site operators to divert a proportion of their annual landfill tax liability to Environmental Bodies. Organisations and community groups requiring funding for beneficial projects should contact WREN or by telephone on 01953 717165.

Ellie ElephantThe other major contributor to the new building was 'Ellie' our elephant who was born after those responsible thought that the best way to embark on a major project is to take it one slice at a time (like the concept of eating an elephant, although we have not actually attempted this!)

We would like to thank the 800 plus people who donated to our 'Ellie' Fund. An amazing £ 55,000 was raised towards our new building.

page updated 11.8.19