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Joseph Shuttleworth Bicentenary

Joseph Shuttleworth 12/7/1819 - 25/1/1883

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.

Thank You to Our Volunteers

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.

If you are interested in joining us and volunteering at Shuttleworth please contact the office via email

Kevin Panter – Chairman

500 Club Winners

The latest winners have been announced for the 500 Club.

Please visit the 500 Club page for information on how to join in and how you could win!

March Winners

1st 6668 P Fuller £113.20
2nd 4247 I Anderson £56.60
3rd 239 D Jowers £42.45
4th 2767 I Forman £35.38
5th 8241 H Waters £21.23
6th 422 A Marshall £14.15

April Winners

1st 9467 S Peak £113.20
2nd 5835 B Browning £56.60
3rd 1132 F Stuart £42.45
4th 8494 P Juniper £35.38
5th 7802 N Benson £21.23
6th 3499 J Postlethwaite £14.15


The Annual General Meeting of the Shuttleworth Veteran Aeroplane Society will be held on Sunday 19th May at 11am in the Discovery Workshop (at the rear of Hangar 3) at the Shuttleworth Collection.


  1. Approve the minutes of the previous AGM (held on 29th September 2018)
  2. Elect members of the Executive Committee
  3. Receive report from the Executive Committee
  4. Receive the auditor’s accounts for the year ending 31st March 2019
  5. Re-appoint Messrs George Hay as auditors
  6. Transact any other business

Scale Model COmpetition Winners 2019

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

Winning Model in Category 1 – 1/144 Gloster Meteor 4 by Ladislav Hancar
Winner of Category 1 – Ladislav Hancar

Category 2 – 1/48th scale and smaller (exc cat 1) – Winner Ladislav Hancar entered with a 1/48 Antonov AN 2

Winning Model in Category 2 – 1/48 Antonov AN-2 by Ladislav Hancar
Winner of Category 2 – Ladislav Hancar

Category 3 – larger than 1/48th scale – Winner Steve Hartles entered with a scratchbuilt Arrol Johnston

Winning Model in Category 3 – Scratchbuilt Arrol Johnston by Steve Hartles
Winner of Category 3 – Steve Hartles

Junior Modeller – Winner Jonan Sharples entered with a diorama ‘Scoping the area’

Winning Junior Model – ‘Scoping the area’ by Jonan Sharples
Junior Modeller Winner – Jonan Sharples

Best in Show – The John Morris Memorial Trophy – Winner Michael Norris with a collection of fine World War One models

Winner of the Best in Show category – Michael Norris with the John Morris Memorial Trophy and his winning display of WW1 models

Fred Harris

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.

Fred Harris

Flying Proms Tickets Selling Fast

UPDATE: The Collection has advised that online tickets sales will end at 17:00 on Friday 17th August and there will be no on the day ticket sales.

Please ensure that you have purchased your ticket from to avoid disappointment.

The weather forecast is looking promising for Saturday’s 21st anniversary Flying Proms concert and as a result tickets are selling fast and may sell out before the event.

We encourage any SVAS member who would like to attend the event to ensure that they have purchased their tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.

Tickets are available from the Shuttleworth Collection website here