Friday 12th July 2019 will mark the bicentenary of the birth of Joseph Shuttleworth.
An article to mark this will be printed in the Summer issue of Prop-Swing which will be arriving on doorsteps soon.
Joseph Shuttleworth is perhaps best known as one of the founding partners of Clayton & Shuttleworth. The company started as an iron and brass foundry, which the partners steadily developed in its early years. When the Minningsby Reservoir to Boston water works pipeline was built in 1846, Clayton & Shuttleworth won an important contract for the pipes, which needed to be manufactured much less than the usual thickness. This they did in a highly successful manner and the success aided them in the early development of their business.
In 1845, Messrs. Clayton and Shuttleworth turned out their first portable engine, and although they only took up the construction of such engines as a secondary matter, they soon specialised in manufacturing these and other agricultural machines. Joseph’s fortune from the business was ultimately inherited by Richard Shuttleworth which in turn led to the creation of the Collection. Today the Collection also includes several items of Clayton & Shuttleworth machinery bringing the story full circle.
This week has been National Volunteers Week and it is a good opportunity to publicly thank our volunteers who have helped the Shuttleworth Trust over last year.
Volunteers are key to the building and maintaining of relationships with visitors and supporting the numerous events run by the Collection, House and the Garden.
We are fortunate to have a volunteer workforce that possesses a high level of skills covering many key areas including the vehicle & aircraft restoration and maintenance, the conservation of artefacts and archives, art & furniture restoration, horticulture, meeting visitors and telling the Shuttleworth story.
In the last year 223 volunteers worked an equivalent of 32,662 hours of unpaid work worth a minimum of £326,000.
This is an extraordinary contribution to the running of the Collection and I thank all of our volunteers for their continued hard work.
This season’s must have game will soon be in the shops, the Shuttleworth board game allows friends to take part in a season at Shuttleworth. You will have the chance to trade in Old Warden Groats while moving your counters around the board and overtaking opponents or simply barging them out of the way!
The 2019 Shuttleworth Scale Model Exhibition was organised by the SVAS to raise funds for the Collection and was held on Sunday 17th February. The very warm sunny weather attracted hundreds of visitors to Shuttleworth to see a wide range of models. There were models on display ranging from original WW2 landscape models used in the planning of D-Day to the latest kit releases.
The model competition is one of the highlights of the day and the winners for 2019 are below.
Category 1 – 1/72nd scale and smaller – Winner Ladislav Hancar entered with a 1/144 Goster Meteor 4
Category 2 – 1/48th scale and smaller (exc cat 1) – Winner Ladislav Hancar entered with a 1/48 Antonov AN 2
Category 3 – larger than 1/48th scale – Winner Steve Hartles entered with a scratchbuilt Arrol Johnston
Junior Modeller – Winner Jonan Sharples entered with a diorama ‘Scoping the area’
Best in Show – The John Morris Memorial Trophy – Winner Michael Norris with a collection of fine World War One models
We are sorry to report that long standing SVAS member Fred Harris passed away yesterday.
Fred had been a volunteer at the Collection for many years, carrying out tasks ranging from restoring the Fergie tractor to building the SOE ladder for the Lysander to being membership secretary for many years.
Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time. His observations will be missed.