Aston Martin Heritage TrustOver its long history, the owners Club accumulated many heritage items important in the history of Aston Martin history. These items were donated, left as legacies and in a few cases, purchased. The items ranged from books, drawings, and racing trophies, right through to whole cars. With the ever increasing values of anything 'Aston Martin', it was felt by the Club that the heritage should be protected for the long term. In 1998 the Club formed and funded a registered charitable trust to which it donated all the heritage items. The Trust's registered objectives are :
"The advancement of education, by the making available for study and research material of all types relating to the automotive engineering and automotive designs of Aston Martin, Lagonda and Aston Martin Lagonda motor cars for the benefit of the public. Including making available for study and research reports, documents, drawings, artefacts and other material relating to or associated with the Marque including the history of the companies, products and personalities associated with the Marque"
The Trust occupies most of the 'Barn' that the Club uses as its headquarters. The Barn is a restored medieval structure that is the perfect setting to display the exhibits. This museum is free for all members/supporters to visit at any time. To fund this important work, 23% of all membership fees are given directly to the AMHT , and all members of the Club become supporters of the Trust.
Every year the Trust publishes the superbly illustrated 'Aston' with fantastic articles on the history of the marque.
This is posted in December to every AMOC member/ AMHT supporter.
To read more about the magazine please follow this link to Aston Magazine
The Trust have their own web site where you can read about the history of Aston Martin, and view the museum exhibits, and even see some of the collection on line. This is a fantastic resource, mainly funded by AMOC members though their contribution from the membership fees., and can be seen here on the AMHT Website.
A sample of AMHT exhibits