England – 63 miles (101 km) north of London
see url The Sir Henry Royce Memorial Foundation
The Hunt House
Northants NN12 7NA
Web language: English language
TEL: +44 (0)1327 811 048
This is not a museum but an historical archive.
Office Hours – Monday to Friday, 10:00- 15:00.
This is not a car museum but a charitable foundation established with twin aims which are to cherish Royce’s legacy and to promote his ideals. The Foundation’s first function was the preservation and secure holding of archives and memorabilia of the life and works of Sir Henry, and it maintains the Hunt House to provide a permanent centre with the facilities necessary to store, maintain and display properly and securely all archival material, records, photographs, artefacts 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 foundation hosts lectures and rallies, see website for details.
Sir Frederick Henry Royce, OBE, was a modest genius who always referred to himself as “mechanic”. From 1884, and his earliest successes in the infant electrical industry (he patented the bayonet light fitting), to his death in 1933, he uncompromisingly pursued his principle of establishing the best design and using the finest materials available worked to the highest level of craftsmanship.
His constant policy as an engineer was to do better than anyone else and he made a priceless contribution to Britain’s prestige and prosperity in the years of peace with a long succession of superb motor cars from 1904, and to its security in time of war with a great series of aero engines from the Eagle of 1915 to the iconic Merlin which powered the Mosquito, Spitfire, Wellington and other fighting planes of World War ll.
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.
In January 2012 the Foundation became a charitable company limited by guarantee, and it is now run by a Board of Directors elected by its guaranteeing members. It is wholly dependent for its income on support from the RREC and on donations from the public at large, and Membership of the Foundation is open to all whether they own a Rolls-Royce or not.
It is possible to become member of the foundation allowing free access to the house and beneficial access to the archives – see the website for details.