Castle Point Transport Museum Society

Transforming Transport

For this campaign we are asking to raise money for the fitting of the new kitchen and shop areas on the ground floor, including staff toilets.
raised of £15,000 target
by 18 supporters
RCN 278658

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The building that houses the Museum was built in 1934 for the Canvey & District Motor Transport Co. Ltd. and served a series of similar companies before passing to the Eastern National Omnibus Co. Ltd, which used it until 1978. Castle Point Transport Museum Society then acquired the leasehold of the depot, later purchasing the freehold, and has since assembled a collection of over thirty preserved commercial vehicles, now forming the Canvey Island Transport Museums main display.

Visitors can see classic examples from the rapidly vanishing chassis makers like AEC, Bedford, Bristol, Guy, and Leyland, plus legendary body builders like Eastern Coach Works, Duple, Harrington and Massey Brothers. While many vehicles are fully restored, others are being rebuilt and undergoing maintenance by their owners or groups of members in our workshops or pit area.

Visitors can also see traditional techniques like wood frame construction and aluminium panel beating that are still being used today, despite these being replaced in modern vehicles by pressed steel and shaped fibreglass.

The main aim of this project, PHASE 1, is to dismantle and upgrade the internal building that housed our old cafe and museum displays. As well as making the whole building environment friendly we wanted to make everything easier for children, the elderly and disabled to access all parts of the museum.

Following these extensive internal building works PHASE 2 will be the fitting out of the new cafe, shop, cinema/community room, and display areas. Levelling floors wherever possible and in addition to the stairlift already in situ we hope to install new stairs with a wheelchair stairlift and a disabled toilet to the first floor.

We want to bring the museum into the 21st Century making it a great place to visit. We are bringing in new displays such as the Southend pier carriages. More interactive displays with children in mind. We have lots of ideas.

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