Fantastic news for AoHE as Lady Judy McAlpine and Dr Robert Pleming become our latest HVP’s

Well it’s been quite a week for the AoHE.  John Pitchford, Janice Richardson and I were invited down to Brooklands Museum for the Transport Trust awards, the awards presented by HRH Prince Michael of Kent.

One of HVP’s , Allan Winn was presented with the coveted ‘Preservationist of the year’ for his amazing work over decades and the ‘aircraft factory’ project at Brooklands.

Two new HVP’s have joined us.

The first is Lady Judy McAlpine. Lady J is determined to carry on her late husband Lord Bill McAlpine’s amazing heritage legacy and gives the AoHE a great insight into both steam and traditional boat-building in particular. Lady J is passionate about get skills saved and shared, especially the inclusivity of younger people. We intend to work together to promote and push the heritage engineering agenda forward.


The second is a legend in heritage aviation. I am the son of V-Bomber crew and spent my early years on V-Bomber bases in the east of England. Robert Pleming is amongst many other things, the CE of the ‘Vulcan to Sky Trust’.

Peter’s experience across aviation is staggering and with his help and enthusiasm I sincerely hope we can get heritage aviation, along with all other sectors of Heritage Engineering recognised as the National Treasure it is.

The VTST is currently restoring another iconic British military aircraft, the General Electric Canberra