The Glasgow Vintage Vehicle Trust was formed at the end of 2002. There are five Trustees, each having considerable experience of large vehicle preservation. They have co-opted other like-minded people to form a Management Committee. Together they bring to the project a variety of complementary professional and practical skills.
The primary aims of the Trust are to promote the restoration, preservation and use of historic passenger carrying and commercial vehicles, and to advance education for public benefit by the provision of a working museum for the display of such vehicles
The Trust has leased the former Bridgeton Bus Garage at 76-136 Fordneuk Street, Glasgow from Glasgow City Council. This was built for Glasgow Corporation opening in 1965. It was closed by Greater Glasgow PTE in 1976 and was later used as a local authority internal transport depot.
The Trust has prepared a Business Plan which sets out the strategy for developing Bridgeton Garage. The Plan takes into account the aim of the Trust to establish a Heritage Centre for commercial vehicles in the west of Scotland and the requirements of the City Council to promote social inclusion and economic regeneration in the area.
There are three main elements to the Plan :-
the establishment of a "working" Heritage Centre for commercial vehicles
a social inclusion policy which involves the Trust organising a "ready for work" programme for individuals who have had significant barriers to employment.
the involvement of other associated charities and businesses which would support the first two elements.
All three elements are seen as being supportive to each other, helping to make the project viable. Also, the project will specifically not compete with the Glasgow Museum of Transport. Rather it will complement it and this has been confirmed in discussions with the Museum. In the wider context our activities will be part of the wider regeneration of this part of the city and become a significant tourist attraction.
The Heritage Centre part of the project will embrace the modern concept of a "working museum" where the exhibits are actively being restored. There will in future be a programme of special events including open days, running days and the like.
Our lease of the Bridgton Bus Garage premises from Glasgow City Council requires the operation of a social inclusion policy. This has been achieved by the running of a "ready for work" programme called "Back on the Road" in conjunction with the Scottish Centre for Healthy Working Lives. This programme sees participants working on restoration projects which would eventually become exhibits in the Heritage Centre and thus help the collection grow. Such a project has already been shown to be very successful at the Scottish Railway Preservation Society at Bo'ness where wagons have been restored to a very high standard.
GVVT will also work closely with other charities and businesses which will further the aims of the project. Some of the accommodation may be leased to such groups, helping to make the project viable.
In the short term the objectives are to use the site for storage, restoration and exhibition of commercial vehicles and make the site suitable for opening to the public.
In the longer term the site will develop as a "centre of excellence" for vintage vehicle restoration and preservation, with full public opening and a range of facilities available for both vehicle restorers and public visitors. The latter would include catering, a souvenir shop, a varied range of informative displays, plus of course ability to see "work in progress" and special events.