Welcome to the Association of Heritage Engineers and thank you for looking to get involved
What is the AoHE and why is it relevant ?
Allan Winn, Dominic Taylor-Lane, Jane Weitzmann, Mike Flannery, Angela Hucke, Hugh Conway, Janice Richardson, John Pitchforth
Firstly thank you for taking the time to visit the AoHE website to see what we are all about and why you might consider becoming a member.
I am a serial engineer, I have loved being involved with all things mechanical for as long as I can remember. Over the years I have been lucky enough to know some fantastic people with a huge wealth of knowledge and experience, when these people sadly left us so did their skills.
It is widely acknowledged that there is a skills gap in heritage engineering, across all of its disciplines. Apprenticeships had fallen out of favour for many years but are now making a resurgence with a new generation of young engineers looking for a real alternative to University.
This is fantastic news for both established businesses and young people.
The main aim of the Association of Heritage Engineers is to get together the generations and start a conversation. When older engineers and craftspeople leave a business there is often no conduit or opportunity for them to share their skills and experiences, that is where the AoHE comes in.
The AoHE is a huge supporter of training and the young people entering the industry, to this end we support the Heritage Skills Academy how ever we can pushing the message out to as many people as possible.
By joining the AoHE you will become part of a community of like minded people. We aim to hold special events all over the country at heritage engineering sites, museums and at businesses pushing and promoting the HE ethos.
Wearing your AoHE badge means that you are happy to talk and share information. We want to give people who may have retired or work on their own the opportunity to share there skills and experience with others. To inspire the next generation and to promote a real heritage engineering legacy.
Lady Judy MacAlpine
I am hoping that engineers and enthusiasts from across the heritage engineering world will take part, from steam to aviation, from cars and motorcycles to industrial heritage museums. You don’t need to have been a professional, but do need to possess a passion for heritage engineering and a willingness to share you knowledge with others and get involved.
Without such an initiative there is the real possibility that skills and information will be lost, I am determined that is not going to happen and that our vast engineering heritage legacy is to be preserved and promoted to future generations.
As we grow I have asked a number of prominent and influential people to become 'Honorary Vice Presidents' of the AoHE. Currently we are proud to have Lady Judy MacAlpine,Paul & Andy Wood (P&A Wood RollsRoyce and Bentley), Sir Greg Knight MP, Allan Winn, Jane Weitzmann, Rodger Dudding, Edd China, Danny Hopkins and Ian Wylie.
Organisational members include The Bugatti Trust, The VSCC, Brooklands Museum, The Classic Motor Hub and the Shuttleworth Collection.
We have also joined the Heritage Alliance - the Heritage lobbying group, to give the AoHE a presence at the 'top-table'
Association Of Heritage Engineers