The North West Museum of Road Transport (formerly St.Helens Transport Museum) is a voluntary organisation, with members freely giving of their time and work towards keeping the Museum open to the public, keen to show them the rich transport heritage of the region.
The Museum houses the North West Museum of Transport Limited’s collection of vehicles. It can trace its roots back forty years, when a group of enthusiasts from the St.Helens area got together to raise funds to preserve an ex St.Helens trolleybus which was still running in Bradford.
This group called itself the “St.Helens Trolleybus and Transport Society” (STATS) and, in 1971, succeeded in buying Bradford 799, ex St.Helens trolleybus BDJ 87. The old St.Helens trolleybus was restored over a three year period, but in as many different places, since the group did not have a permanent home for its vehicles.
The lack of a permanent home hampered progress and so much of the area’s transport history was slipping into oblivion. That STATS could not go it alone was obvious, so it brought together like-minded groups in the region, and founded the North West Transport Museum Society (NWTMS), which was incorporated as the North West Museum of Transport Limited (NWMOT) in 1981.
The name reflected the wider interests of the groups involved, and the much stronger NWTMS was able to gain use of an old hangar at RAF Burtonwood, and this enabled a fine collection to be built up.
However, based in an old hangar, this extensive collection could only be displayed to the public once or twice each year.
Having its origins in the St.Helens area, the NWMOT approached St.Helens Council with the idea of opening a transport museum, appropriately, in the former St.Helens Corporation Transport bus depot in Hall Street. The Council saw the opportunities for the town that the transport museum could bring, and agreed to our proposals.
North West Museum of Road Transport,
The Old Bus Depot,
Phone: 01744 451681