The Restoration and Archiving Trust
The Restoration and Archiving Trust were formed in the summer 2000 by a group of like-minded local people with two main aims. Firstly to acquire, restore and make available for public display (primarily on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway at Toddington), artefacts of historical significance in a wide variety of areas of interest from small packaging containers through to vintage railway coaches; and similarly to acquire photographic collections of general interest, archiving them digitally and making these available to the public through exhibitions, slide shows, prints, and ultimately via the Internet.
A close working relationship was established from the outset with the Archiving section of Kidderminster Railway Museum with the Trust archiving the overseas images from their collections, both photographic catalogues can viewed by appointment at the Museum (Tel: 01562 825316).
One particular driving force in creating this Charitable Trust was to provide a home to nurture and develop collections made by individuals over many years that become a problem to the family if the collector loses interest or passes on. A number of the founders themselves have collections that they wish to place in the public arena rather than have them dispersed, thrown away, or exploited for profit by some person unknown to them, after their death.