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Rootes Archive Centre,
Units G151-4, Cherwell Business Village,
Southam Road, Banbury,
Oxon OX16 2SP, UK

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News of Activities at the Centre.

What Else is Happening?

This page is to keep you informed of the latest news of events which we are organising and activities in which you can participate. Why not come along to take part, have your car photographed for the Web site, or lend a hand with the Archive? For a diary of information about all activities related to the Centre, including press releases following the events listed here, go to the Diary page.

If you or your club have an idea for a research project or educational or other event which fits the objectives of the Rootes Archive Centre Charitable Trust, please contact us using the "Contact" button on the menu.

Current Events and News


Drive It! Day, Sunday 23rd April, details TBA, click here.

Building for the Future!. Planning permission has now been granted for our new Archive building. Construction is set to commence in mid-February, with a view to completion in late August 2017. This will require a further £25,000 so please continue to donate, pledge or loan to this project.

To download the Building Fund Pledge Form click here.


The Rootes Archive Centre Trust purchases its own HQ Building 28th November 2016. The Rootes Archive Centre Trust has now placed a deposit for the build of its own Archive Centre (subject to planning permission being granted).

The Archive Centre Trust is at the Lancaster Insurance NEC Classic Car show this weeknend (11-13/11/2016) See our Facebook page here.

Buck Trippel, in 2015 donated a period micro-fiche scanner from USA. Matt Ollman has done a lot of work to connect it to our IT equipment and get it working. You can now see a video here on our FaceBook site. This will make a big difference.

Matt Ollman met up with Mike Andrews at the archive centre on Sunday 20th March. They have identified lots of TS3 drawings all on fiche and all marked "original destroyed". A TS3 Working Party is being organised for 17th April, hopefully with the addition of Geoff Caverhill, Gordon Jarvis, Don Kitchen and Peter Lewis. Don was the design manager at Tilling-Stevens for the TS3 diesel engine. Although now 91 years old he is visiting us to help researchers with their study of the TS3 and prototype TS4 engines. Many of the drawings from the 1950s and 60s bear Don's signature and as part of his visit we will re-unite him with them and find out more information.


Matt spent 30th November re-arranging the digitisation area of the Archive Centre to make room for two recent donations of an A2 printer and an A3 scanner. The printer has already been put to use producing some of the posters for our building fund, and now the A3 scanner is earning its keep digitising the engineering standards manuals. The engineering standards contain the details of all the small parts on the vehicles like nuts, bolts, trim clips, washers, grommets, dzus fasteners. If you check your parts list it's the parts with numbers from (7)9000000. The first manual to be digitised starts at 9116110 and ends at 9169329 that's a potential 53,000 parts. I checked the series Alpine parts list and this covers about 250 Alpine and probably Tiger parts.

Building Fund Launch, November 14th 2015 - Building for the Future!.

Micro-fiche Reader - the Archive Centre now has a microfiche card reader, well two actually. Matt is hoping to have one working soon, possibly using spares from the second one. Thanks to Buck Trippel for help with this. They will greatly speed up the process of scanning the fiche, which can be piled into the machine and read directly into computer files (that's the theory). There are around 100,000 to process so it may still take a while...

Open Day, October 4th 2015 - Sunday 4/10/2015. You can visit the Archive Centre and see some of our work.

Archiving - Work currently being carried out:
Digitising Sunbeam Alpine parts drawings - Matt Ollman
Cataloguing drawings stored in tubes - Gordon Jarvis
Cataloguing photographic negatives - Richard Sozanski
Sunbeam Tiger research - Graham Vickery
Rootes Group History - Bob Allan
Rootes Book - Geoff Carverhill

Web Updates - We are currently undertaking a number of updates to the Web site and have also launched a FaceBook site for Friends of the Archive Centre to share information. See https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rootes-Archive-Centre-Trust/428976040588735.

Drive It! Day, April 2015 - Sunday 26/4/2015. You can follow part of the Edgehill run finishing at the Archive Centre.

Previous News and Events

Information about previous activities can be found on the Diary page.

"Preserving the past for the future."
Rootes Archive Centre Trust, Units G151-4, Cherwell Business Village, Southam Road, Banbury, Oxon OX16 2SP, UK

The Rootes Archive Centre is registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales number 1108882.
Patrons: Lord Rootes, T.D. Rootes, W.B. Rootes.

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Web site developed and maintained by R.J. Allan
"Hand Knitted Software" 2005-17

Comments on and contributions to the Web site should be send to Bob Allan (e-mail).

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