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Sir Henry Royce Memorial Foundation

Reg Charity No 1128686

The Sir Henry Royce Memorial Foundation was the brainchild of the late Eric Barrass, OBE, who was a revered and long-serving General Secretary of the Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts' Club. It was established in 1977 as a perpetual trust to provide a safe home for the huge volume of archive material accumulated by the Motor Division of Rolls-Royce Limited, and The Hunt House was purchased in the same year.



The Foundation’s first function was the preservation and secure holding of archives and memorabilia of the life and works of Sir Henry. It  maintains the Hunt House to provide a permanent home with the facilities necessary to store, maintain and display properly and securely all archival material, records, photographs, artifacts and memorabilia currently entrusted to it. In addition, it strives to acquire additional material of this type, and is actively involved in the digital recording and cataloguing of priceless Rolls-Royce archived technical drawings.

The facilities to study and research the records of every Rolls-Royce car produced in the U.K. (and most Bentleys) are available to all, as are technical information, a well-equipped workshop and lecture hall and an excellent library. In addition the Hunt House, a Grade II listed building in a centrally located Northamptonshire village, is properly cared for and maintained.

The Foundation organises and presents lectures and exhibitions, and receives group visits from schools, societies and other organisations. Special emphasis is given to the encouragement of apprentices and young engineers, and the promotion of careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM): the Foundation encourages and supports the pursuit of Sir Henry’s engineering philosophy (establishing the best design, using the finest materials available, and working to the highest levels of craftsmanship) by supporting a wide range of prestigious annual awards, competitions, prizes and training schemes where the pursuit of excellence can be identified. These include the Ministry of Defence Apprentice Medal, Arkwright Scholarships, the IET Ambition and Achievement Awards, and the Engineering Council Young Engineer for Britain.

"Whatever is rightly done, however humble, is noble."

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The rapid increase of technology driving UK economic growth in the 19th and 20th centuries was driven by the brilliance of British Engineers - William Morris, Reginald Michell, Geoffrey de Havilland and Frank Whittle to name but a few.

All had a revolutionary impact on automotive matters. However, it was Henry Royce, who was arguably the most influential Engineer of his generation.

Sir Henry Royce's substantial legacy is being safeguarded and actively promoted thanks to the SHRMF, which is based alongside RREC at the Hunt House.

A Registered Charity, its active Board of Trustees are all unremunerated volunteers. They are determined to maintain and advance Sir Henry's values and heritage, which are equally valid and relevant in the 21st century.

By preserving and promoting Sir Henry's credo of "Engineering Excellence" and by encouraging young people to embark on a career embracing craftsmanship, progressive talent acquisition and a "Strive for Perfection", the Trust's objects are doubly important in today's skills-deficit economy.

Please consider supporting the Trust's work by participating in our lecture programme, by becoming a Member (either active or inactive !) or perhaps by making a Gift-aid contribution to invest in the sustainability of our activities for long-term public benefit.
Please click on the attached link to the SHRMF website for more details.