The Rolls-Royce Heritage Trust

The Rolls-Royce Heritage Trust was formed in 1981 to promote and preserve the history and engineering excellence of Rolls-Royce. There are five Branches which serve the historical interests of the ancestor companies that, over the years, were assimilated to create the present-day Rolls-Royce.

The branches
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The Derby & Hucknall Branch and the Scottish Branch are concerned primarily with the heritage of Rolls-Royce Limited. The Bristol Branch covers the products and history of the Bristol and Bristol Siddeley companies as well as the famous names of de Havilland, Blackburn and Napier. The Coventry Branch is located both at Ansty and Derby and is the authority on Armstrong Siddeley and its predecessors. The Indianapolis Branch in the United States is dedicated to the achievements of the Allison Engine Company and Rolls-Royce activities in the USA. While the majority of exhibits are aero-engine related, there is an increasing proportion of items relevant to marine, energy and land vehicle engines reflecting the historical importance and current growth of these businesses in Rolls-Royce.

The Trust publishes a magazine twice per year for its Members called “The Journal of the Rolls-Royce Heritage Trust”. Books are also published at regular intervals and specialise in the histories of the products of Rolls-Royce and its ancestor companies ranging from aero engines, motor cars, premises and people. The Trust also produces DVD titles.

The Derby & Hucknall, Bristol and Coventry Branches have workshop facilities where engines and related artefacts are preserved and restored for exhibition. A wide variety of these engines, as well as other exhibits, are on permanent display.

Each Branch undertakes to present a series of lectures each year on a variety of subjects both historical and topical, given by past and present engineering staff and also by guest speakers. Entry to these lectures is free and all are welcome.

Membership of the Trust, currently around 3000, is worldwide and open to current and past employees as well as enthusiasts for engineering heritage with an interest in Rolls-Royce and its ancestral companies.

Trust objectives
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The Trust has been formed by a group of Rolls-Royce’s employees having an interest in, and an awareness of, the various aspects of the history and engineering heritage of Rolls-Royce and those companies which came to form a part of its heritage through events of 1971 and up to the present day.

The Trust has, as its principal objectives, the research, maintenance and promotion of all aspects of Rolls-Royce’s history and heritage, which objectives are more particularly described in the Trust’s Memorandum of Association and Rules.

Privacy policy
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  1. Introduction
    The Rolls-Royce Heritage Trust (“The Trust”) respects the privacy of its members and non-members. The Trust will hold your personal information only for administrative purposes, to keep you informed of activities and to offer goods and services provided by The Trust. Otherwise, The Trust will not disclose or transfer your information to third parties without your prior consent, except (i) if The Trust is required to do so by law or legal process (such as a court order), (ii) in response to a request by law enforcement authorities, or (iii) where The Trust believes disclosure is necessary or appropriate to prevent physical harm or financial loss or in connection with an investigation of suspected or actual illegal activity. This privacy policy sets out details of the personal information that The Trust collects about you, and the ways in which it may use that information.This Privacy Policy only relates to personal information collected by The Trust via its website, membership forms, book order forms, emails and telephone calls.

  2. The Data Protection Act 1998 (“the Act”)
    The Rolls-Royce Heritage Trust is a UK registered company and makes every effort to comply with the principles of the Data Protection Act 1998.

  3. Use of Personal Information
    Personal information provided to The Trust (e.g. via the website, membership forms, book order forms, emails and telephone calls) will only be used for the purpose of administering your membership including purchases of media. Your personal information will not be shared with any Third Party unless required to do so by statutory obligation.
    Personal information collected and processed by The Trust may be used for the following purposes:
    a. Administration of membership(s).
    b. Fulfilment of orders for goods and services requested.
    c. Administration of donations and legacies.
    d. In-house research and statistical analysis.
    e. Communication about its conservation, membership and other activities.
    f. Maintenance of emergency contact lists, bad weather telephone lists and other procedures related to the activities of active Trust members attending sites where work on behalf of The Trust is conducted.
    Processing personal information for the above purposes may entail sharing the information with:
    i) Rolls-Royce plc employees engaged in administrative tasks on behalf of The Trust
    ii) Officers within the individual Trust Branches
    iii) Law enforcement authorities
    The Trust has retention processes designed to retain information for no longer than necessary for the purposes described in this Privacy Statement and to comply with applicable legal requirements. Your personal information will be deleted from our active membership records within 28 days of notification of termination of your membership, either by you or by The Trust.

  4. Consent
    The Trust will need to collect categories of your personal information in accordance with the purposes outlined above. By supplying your personal information you are accepting that it can be used in this way and in accordance with the Act and this privacy policy. Where appropriate you are able to access or make changes to the personal information held on you as outlined in sections 7 and 8 below.

  5. Use of Personal Information for direct marketing by post and telephone
    Your personal information will not be used by or shared with any third party organisation for the purpose of Direct Marketing. The Trust may, from time to time, send information of new products in conjunction with the regular membership newsletter or magazines. However, The Trust will not engage in telephone marketing of those products.

  6. Use of Data for email
    At each point of data collection or registration you are given the option to opt-in to receiving email from The Trust. Where you do opt-in to such communications, The Trust may provide information on its conservation, membership and other activities. If at any time you wish to alter your preferences or request that The Trust stop communicating with you in this way then you should write to the address shown in section 8.

  7. Accessing your Personal Information held by The Trust

    You have the right to request copies of any personal information held about you (this is known as a 'subject access request'). All requests must be received in writing including details of what information you wish to be disclosed. Please note a maximum fee of no more than £10 may be charged.

    If you would like to make a subject access request to access information please apply in writing to:

    The Membership Administrator
    The Rolls-Royce Heritage Trust
    PO Box 31
    DE24 8BJ
    United Kingdom

    Your identification will also need to be verified at the time of request. This is to ensure that your personal information is not wrongfully disclosed.

  8. Verifying, updating and amending your Personal Information
    If, at any time, you wish to verify, update or amend your personal information (e.g. name, address) please write to:

    The Membership Administrator
    The Rolls-Royce Heritage Trust
    PO Box 31
    DE24 8BJ
    United Kingdom

    Verification, updating or amendment of personal information will take place within 28 days of receipt of your request.

    If subsequently you submit to The Trust instruction for further change(s) regarding your personal information which contradicts previous instruction(s) within this timeframe, then The Trust will follow your most recent instruction.

  9. Notification of Changes
    The privacy of members and visitors is important to The Trust. In line with industry best practice, this policy will be kept under continual review, and any changes made from time to time will be posted on this page.