Riley Archives News
RAP Communication Newsletter August 2019 Introduction:
this as an illustrated pdf click on Martin
below and it will be emailed to you on request
The relationship between the RCHT and RAP can best be illustrated by the chart shown below. The arrows signify the archive material flow from the three main Riley clubs in the UK but of course, involvement and archive material from any other club would be most welcome.
A permanent establishment for the preservation and projection of the Riley heritage in Coventry from weaving to motor cars and for all successor Riley products in the wider world, and to be a centre for education and research for all who have an interest in the place of Riley within the history of UK manufacturing.
Register AGM in September. Several items of print have been designed to highlight the project’s progress together with two “pop-up” RAP displays, which were displayed at NEC in March 2019 for the first time along with the 1903 Riley bike. On 28th June 2019 a second inaugural lunch was held at the medieval Guildhall in Coventry to highlight the progress so far and provide some much needed funds for the project. A draft Business Plan has been developed and this will provide a model for moving forward with the project.
On 19th June 2019 the Riley Archive Project formally took over the keys to Unit 8, Coventry Canal Basin, CV1 4BY on a 5-year lease basis with RCHT as the leaseholders; thus providing a permanent base to move the project forward. The unit is now in the process of being painted and equipped with tables and chairs, etc.
The inaugural meeting of the Riley Archive Management Group (RAPMG) was held on 16th July 2019 with representation from RAPMG members, RCHT Trustees, Riley Register Coventry & Warks members and City of Coventry Culture. The meeting focussed on achieving an improved level of understanding amongst the attendees, allocated people to key roles and agreed some action points. The next meeting of the RAPMG is being held on 15th August where we will be focussing on identifying key action points for the short to medium term as well as determining the type and extent of the archival storage and database requirements.
In addition to the “in-house” work, a visit is being planned to the Bristol Owners Heritage Trust archives to see how this organisation went about their own archival and storage arrangements.
First visits to the site in
the Canal basin this July ( Parking is to the rear car
park a few metres away or another car park isat
the top of the hill on the approach road. There is one
fixed car parking space to the back door
of the premises meaning disabled access is possible if
informed in advance). There is a
Polish deli a few staeps away for refreshments!
July 2019 The Archives in physical format is happening. They now have the keys to 8 Canal Basin in Coventry off the Foleshill Road provided at a peppercorn rent by Coventry City Council. This is a tiny building so Percy's replica car, will be on display in the Herbert Museum and Gallery with engines and exhibits at the basin allowing the rest to be collated, digitised and sorted ie baby steps due to financial constraints. It is intended to be open by Autumn for at least two days a week to start with and will be announced properly with a press release etc. Anyone with items rather than paper as exhibits please contact Adrian.
July 2019 The poster of all Riley models is now printed and £24.00 posted in the UK or £20 collected at rally's or from Adrian or via the button below (this will connect to my shop as I already have a Paypal account so can repay Adrian whilst the Archives are sorting business/charity bank accounts which take time) . It is A2 and tubed so over size for normal economic posting but can come with a courier or parcel force. For overseas do enquire and best to order multiple copies as cheaper
April 2019 Another fundraising lunch at the Guildhall 28th June 2019...
2019:- Non members and prospective buyers
are welcome as most models will be on display some
offer test drives and questions can be asked.
Regalia will be on sale and often some used
spares but new spares involve you being a member due
to product liability laws
The Riley Register 62nd Coventry Rally at Wroxall Abbey Estate 29th – 30th June 2019
The Riley RM Club 50th Rally at Warwick School 19th – 21st July 2019 (CV34 6PP)
The Riley Motor Club 6th – 8th September East Anglia Centre, Ufford Park Woodbridge Hotel, Melton
2018; Many many discussions with Coventry council who are very interested and backing the ideas of the Archives as an asset to Coventry's historic past linking the weaving industry, cyles and early motoring
March 2018: The project started with an inaugural dinner in Coventry to raise funds (about £1000) and to check the feasibility of the project. The website was flung together hurriedly to exist as something'concrete' happening and will be a permanently updating feature as more is discovered and later information re archives contents is added . (This is now separated leaving a small but tidy Archives website)