Become A Friend Of The Archive

In order to keep the Archive Centre up and running, we need your help.

There are a number of ways of getting involved. This might be “volunteering” to make visits to do cataloguing, offering technical help in digitising, repairing or reproducing drawings, or simply bringing your Club members to events at the Centre. A number of people are now engaged in working parties to take on these tasks. Please contact Andy Bye (01295 477126 or for more information on what you can do.

Of course, the big issue is always cash. Long-term sustainability of the Archive Centre and preservation of the priceless historical data and artefacts is not cheap. We need as many supporters as possible to support the Centre through our Friends Scheme.

Friends Scheme

We have recently purchased a 2000 square foot building at Wroxton near Banbury to provide a permanent home for the Rootes Archive, a home for the Association of Rootes Car Clubs and a space that clubs can use for meetings and events. As well as repaying the building loans we must also fund the Archive running costs.

For a minimum donation of £15 you can become a Friend of the Rootes Archive centre and play your part in protecting this valuable piece of British Motoring History.

Membership offers you

  • Regular e-newsletters
  • A copy of the Trust’s annual magazine “Rootes Heritage”
  • The satisfaction of knowing you are helping preserve a key piece of motoring history

We have set up a Facebook page for Friends to share information too.

You can boost your donation by 25p of Gift Aid for every £1 you donate

The more people who give an annual subscription like this, the more secure our future will be. If you’re a UK taxpayer, then, as a charity, we can also claim Gift Aid tax relief on your payments – if this doesn’t apply please delete that sentence on the form.

If you wish to use PayPal please send payment to and please add 5% to cover the fees.

Application Form

Please print a copy of the Application Form here and send it with your subscription (cheques payable to: The Rootes Archive Centre Trust) to “RACT Friends Membership”:

Donations & Sponsorship

The Rootes Archive Centre is a registered charity in the UK. Have you thought of making a donation or some form of sponsorship for general or specific activities? We can get Gift Aid tax relief on such donations and you can also declare them in tax returns. We would like to discuss this with you as there are many opportunities to be involved.

Other Ways to Help

Have you considered making a donation in your Will? As a registered charity we are able to receive such donations and help you to prolong an interest which may have been dear to you throughout your life.
We understand its something people don’t like to think about, but many large charitable organisations have found this to be crucial both for individual tax purposes and sustainability. If you would like to consider this further, we are happy to discuss it with you at any time.
If you have already made a Will and now wish to add the Rootes Archive Centre Trust as a beneficiary, you can complete a simple Codicil Form. A Codicil is a supplement that alters or adds to an existing Will. Please keep your Codicil with your Will in a safe place. You don’t need this form if you haven’t yet made your Will.

Download Codicil Form here:


We are registered with e-Bay for charity. The benefits are two-fold:

  • Anything we list (that sells) we don’t have to pay any listing or final value fees, saving us 10-15% of the sale price
  • Other people can elect to donate a proportion of their sale price to us (they then save an equivalent proportion of their fees). So, if you use eBay you can search for the charity on the eBay for charities page.

The Giving Machine

You shop, we benefit! It’s so easy to generate free cash donations for us just by shopping online via TheGivingMachine at 1000’s of participating retailers. Every time you make a purchase a donation is made on your behalf and it doesn’t cost you a penny. So if it’s booking a holiday, your weekly grocery shop, renewing the car insurance or simply a little treat for yourself, don’t forget to shop via The Giving Machine. Join up before your Christmas shopping and raise valuable donations for us every time you shop online.

Utility Warehouse

You can also sign up for the Utility Warehouse Discount Club and get your utilities supplied at a competitive price and help us at the same time.