Dr Alex Moulton’s Centenary – celebrating 100 years of Engineering Innovation
April 9th 2020 marks the centenary of the birth of Bradford on Avon’s own Dr Alex Moulton CBE RDI FREng. Moulton, often described as the last of the great Victorian gentleman engineers, made significant contributions to the modern transportation field with his innovative rubber suspension system used to develop the Mini and the Moulton Bicycle.
In World War II Moulton worked on the Bristol Centaurus, one of the most powerful piston engines ever to see service in the air. Later he developed rubber suspension systems; his rubber cone units and interconnected Hydrolastic and Hydragas systems were fitted on 12 million cars from 1959 to 2002, from the iconic Mini to the mid-engined MGF sports car. In the 1960s, over one third of the cars sold in the UK were riding on Moulton suspension systems.
The Moulton bicycle, renowned for it’s small wheel deign, revitalised the cycle market to such an extent that by 1970, one-third of bicycles sold in the UK were Moulton-inspired. Today the bicycle is highly sought-after worldwide; it is both competitive and comfortable, and an acknowledged design icon. Manufacture of his designs continue to this day in the grounds of The Hall at Bradford on Avon – the stunning Jacobean mansion he called home.
The Alex Moulton Charitable Trust are marking this centenary with a series of new publications – initially online via moultontrust.org – on Alex Moulton’s Life and Works. The Trust is also inviting those who knew Alex and/or his designs to contribute “100 words on Alex Moulton” to help to build a collection of informative and insightful sketches of this remarkable man and his creations.
The Trust celebrates the legacy of Alex Moulton and the Moulton family, and cares for The Hall Estate and its unique collection, seeking to inspire visitors and future generations of engineers alike. It offers an exciting programme of events for a range of interests including industrial & local history, architecture, engineering and gardens. This includes opening the beautiful grounds, tours, talks, open air cinema, theatre and venue hire. In line with Moulton’s wishes, the Trust is developing an exciting new education programme working with local schools and Universities to inspire students through his achievements, unique collection and archive.
Please note that in light of the Coronavirus situation, The Hall is currently closed to visitors. The Trust hopes to reopen The Hall for events later this year in line with government guidance.
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