Picture special: Revving through Leyland Motors archives

People interested in discovering more about relatives who worked at Leyland Motors are being encouraged to look through the vast archives at a town museum.

Volunteers at the British Commercial Vehicle Museum in King Street spend hours each week trawling through the thousands and thousands of old photographs of vehicles and Leyland Motors workers from the past few decades.

A Leyland Motors worker feeds a bird

A Leyland Motors worker feeds a bird

They clean and collate the images, sorting them into categories with dates and captions, and are uploading them onto the museum’s website for people to access.

Museum manager Keith Moyes said: “We have countless images of vehicles, production, Leyland Trucks, and also of people.

“We’ve had a few inquiries from people to see if we can identify their relations, and we’ve had some success.

“We have all of these images and information available on sale to the public, and we want to let people know about it.

“It would be nice for people to find photographs of family members at work.”

There are nine volunteers who give their time to sort through the photographs from the negatives, and many of the pictures ask as many questions as they answer.

Ron Phillips said: “We have a photograph of a little boy on a pedal cart which was used in the Leyland Festival programme a few years ago.

“He looks like he’s being told off by a man in uniform, and we didn’t really know what was going on.

“But a lady saw it in the programme and it turns out the little boy was her father.

“She told us that the picture was taken as a promotional image for Shell in 1930.

“We hope that by publishing the images on our website, people will be able to tell us a thing or two as well.”

More images will be added over time. To see the collection, visit www.britishcommercialvehiclemuseum.com.