National Fork Truck heritage Centre


Display Items

Amongst the exhibits and archives are many rare items of note. The rarest is the 1926 Yale stand-on counterbalance which not only is the only working truck of its type but also is the oldest forklift truck in the world. (Photo “Yale stand one” ) The oldest British forklifts on display are the 1946 prototype Coventry Climax “ET 199”. (Photo “CClimax ET199”) The 1946 Clifford “Aerolift” (Photo “Aerolift 1948”) and a “Ransome Sims and Jefferies, (Photo “RSJ NU4 1945”) battery operated, platform truck. Other items of note include the very first reach truck made by Komatsu in Japan and a prototype, rider operated Wrigley stacker from Wessex Industries of Poole in Dorset... Many other manufacturers are also represented with early machines made by Conveyancer, Matling, Hyster and Lansing Bagnall.  

Truck Manufacturers - Model - Serial No - Year - Date Accepted







Opening Times

The Museum is open most Sundays of the year and on Bank holidays 10am – 4pm.
(to be sure please check with a telephone call to the Curator on 0780 1954167)
Guided tours can also be arranged on other days for groups and parties by request.