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The Lord-Lieutenant of Oxfordshire, Tim Stevenson OBE, announced that the Oxford Bus Museum has been awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. The Oxford Bus Museum’s role is to tell the story of road transport around the County from the introduction of the first horse drawn tram service in 1881 through to 2000. It is the first Road Transport Museum to receive such an Award and acknowledges over 50 years of Restoration by volunteers without ever having any paid staff.
Mr Stevenson said: "I am delighted that the hard work and dedication of this group has been recognised by this prestigious award”.
The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work done in their own communities. It was created in 2002 to celebrate the anniversary of The Queen's coronation. It is the MBE for volunteer groups. Only about 200 awards are made nationally each year.
One of the Museum’s directors, Chris Butterfield stated that it was a great honour to receive the award which recognised our volunteers’ hard work over 50 years of bus preservation in Oxfordshire. He said “The Award has given the volunteers a fillip in the preparations for the annual rally on 29 July”.
About Oxford Bus Museum
The museum is located at the Rail Station Long Hanborough, Oxfordshire OX29 8LA and contains 35 vintages buses and coaches, the earliest dating from 1913, a collection of Morris cars dating from 1925 to 1977, a horse drawn tram and a collection of 40 mainly nineteenth century bicycles.
The museum is open between 10.30am and 4.30pm on Wednesdays and Sundays throughout the year, on summer Saturdays and on Bank Holidays and New Year's Day but neither Christmas Day nor Boxing Day. There is a cafe and shop. The museum is run entirely by volunteers.
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