‘Increasingly stringent economic conditions in the book publishing industry have marginalised specialised and low-volume titles regardless of their historic worth’
The Michael Sedgwick Memorial Trust is not a membership organisation, it is a charity giving financial and other help to authors and publishers. The Trust exists to encourage new and original research into any aspect of motoring history. It wishes to see this research reach the public domain. This can be through the publication of the research as a book, other printed medium or publishing on the world wide web. The Trust gives advice to would-be authors and tries to ‘connect up’ authors and publishers. The Trust’s view is that even books with a very limited sales potential should be published if the subject matter is worthy and the research is new and comprehensive.
In cases where the publisher or author believes that the subject is worthy of publication but is not going to be a viable commercial proposition, the Michael Sedgwick Trust can often offer some financial help to bridge the gap or enable the author to self-publish.
Where the research is of a very specialist nature and is not commercially viable, the Trust may offer funding to assist that research provided that copies of the manuscripts are lodged in selected specialist libraries, County Record Offices and possibly published on the world wide web.
Fuller details of supported books appears elsewhere on the website. Some of the recent books that have been helped financially by The Michael Sedgwick Memorial Trust include:
• The Tricycle Book 1895-1902 Part 2, a history of UK production of these vehicles by Michael Edwards,
• The MGC GTS Lightweights, the story of the last works-supported MG racers
• RGS Atalantas, the history of the 1950s sports cars.
• Aspects of Motoring History #14 – an anthology of articles on motoring history
• A-Z of British Motorcycles 1945-1965 – an encyclopedia
• Reid Railton – Man of Speed by Karl Ludvigsen
The subjects of books supported have included:
• Histories of Marques – Wolseley, Standard, HRG, Vale Special, Bean, Hampton
• Biographies of significant individuals in motoring – Archie Frazer-Nash, Bert Hadley, Freddie Dixon, Harry Lester, Reggie Tongue, William Beardmore
• Records of motorsport – Caithness to Cote d’Azur (Monte Carlo Rally), Morgan International Adventure (Le Mans and Tourist Trophy, ). South Harting Hill Climb, Alpine Trials and Rallies
• Histories of particular types. models or periods of vehicles – Panhard Flat Twins 1945-1967, Sunbeam Talbot and Alpine in Detail, Rise of Jaguar, English Model T Ford
• Technical aspects of vehicles – Coventry Climax Racing Engines, Proprietary Engines
• Miscellaneous aspects relating to vehicles – Petroleum Collectables, Number Plates,Road Signs
Michael Sedgwick Award
The Michael Sedgwick Memorial Trust sponsors an annual award for the best book on motoring history. The award is organised and judged by the Society of Automotive Historians in Britain, who appoint a committee for the purpose. Past winners have been :
2019 The All-British Marendaz Special by Graham Skillen
2018 Reid Railton – Man of Speed by Karl Ludvigsen
2017 Wolseley – A Very British Car by Anders Clausager
2016 Skinners Union by Mike Harvey
2015 Harry Lester – His Cars and the Monkey Stable
2014 Morris – The Cars and the Company
2013 Carscapes by Kathleen A. Morrison and John Minnis
2012 Coachcraft – 1930s Coachbuilding Style by John Dyson
Some Good News
The Trustees have arranged special discounts with the National Motor Museum Trust at Beaulieu for authors using the Museum’s research and library facilities, also for the use of photographs from the Motoring Picture Library. These discounts can be claimed by any author whose work has been provisionally approved by the Trustees to receive financial assistance. Further information on these arrangements may be obtained from the Secretary to the MSMT, or access to both library’s using the NMMT link at the top of the page.