While working on the fire engine, the team have looked into other similar “Newsham” engines around the country, and came across a recently restored engine, now displayed at Royal Wootton Bassett. Arrangements were made to meet the restoration and project team at the Museum (located in the Old Town Hall of Wootten Bassett), to learn from their experience and to broaden our knowledge.
The engine is displayed in a purpose built case, underneath the Town Hall, and is a well loved feature of the town.
Thanks are due to Dave Thompson and Chris, who shared their knowledge and enthusiasm with us and opened up the display case so that we could examine things close up. It was very interesting to learn about a completed project and about the issues that we still face, and pitfalls that we can avoid, during our conservation and restoration of the Offley fire engine.