Awards & Prizes
The main function of the Foundation remains the preservation and secure holding of archives and memorabilia of the life and works of Sir Henry. However, special emphasis is given to the encouragement of apprentices and young engineers, and the promotion of careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
2020 Philip Hall Award
We were delighted to announce our 2020 recipient of this award as
Tom has long been passionate in ensuring that the Foundation acquires
important documents and artefacts and we are most grateful to him for
securing the Eric Platford Archive this year.
Eric Platford was one of two apprentices chosen by Royce to work on
the development of his first car and went on to become Chief Tester until
his death in 1938.
The archive comprises an important collection of Platford's personal
letters and photographs and Tom spent much time in tracing and
negotiating towards it. He also, very generously made a personal
cash donation towards it.
2019 Philip Hall Award
The Philip Hall Award is donated annually by Brenda Wright in memory of her father, Rupert Nicholson, and is for a significant contribution to the preservation of the history of Rolls-Royce heritage. This years recipient was Michael Bailey in recognition of his hard work in digitalising historic documents and drawings.
IET Award, Savoy Place, London – 24th October 2019
The Institution of Engineering and Technology’s Awards Committee gives a Sir Henry Royce Medal each year for “outstanding engineering project or career development”. This year David Whale, Chairman of the Foundation Awards Committee, was proud to present it to Dr Robert Hoye, a Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellow in the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy at Cambridge University.
Dr Hoye's work is at the forefront of the discovery and scalable manufacturing of materials for clean energy conversion.
MoD Apprenticeship Award – August 17th 2018
SHRMF Chairman Jane Pedler with husband Rob and business manager John Baker (along with 20/25 GAF 76, pictured with the apprentices, below) travelled to the MoD Training Centre at Shrivenham on 17 August to judge the Sir Henry Royce Prize at the MoD Apprentice week.
The challenge was to create an axe using a circular saw blade as the basic material, and anything else that could be found in the stores, or sourced on the internet. It had to contain some original features and would be subjected to a ‘function test’ of chopping wood. The candidates had four days to design the axe, source the materials (other than the saw blade) and complete the task.
The quality of workmanship was amazing; handles of polished wood were finished in various ways, blades carefully designed for form and function and heat treated or hardened according to taste. Chopping kindling and severing a fence post were the final tests and proved a little too much for some designs.
In the end the winner was a full ‘breaching tool’ which was well designed for its purpose. However, others deserve a mention including a camping size ‘Viking axe’ and one with a dragon tail trim to the blade which looked good but sadly did not survive the chopping test.
While the chairman and Rob were involved with the axes, John helped to judge the miniature hovercrafts which had been constructed from supplied parts and again subjected to various tests. The final race in the Tank Hall proved a bit too much for some, including one which veered off course and collided with a full size tank. The tank sustained no damage but the hovercraft was a write off.
FBHVC Apprenticeship Award – November 12th 2017
From a very high calibre field, the SHR Judges have unanimously chosen Stewart Parkes, as the worthy winner. An apprentice employed by Jonathan Wood Vintage and Thoroughbred Restorations in Saffron Waldron, Stuart proved to be the “best in class.”
He had a logical and calm attitude to his work. His ability to undertake a wide range of practical skilled tasks clearly demonstrated his knowledge and expertise to the judges on a substantial range of Heritage activities. His personal workspace was forensically coordinated and laid-out. His communication skills were clear, concise and unambiguous. Furthermore, the documentary evidence he and his employer provided, clearly confirmed his progress and achievements throughout his training. The judges were also impressed with The Company’s attitude to people development and progression, along with the leadership and motivation provided to Stewart during his employment to date.
The First picture shows Stewart, flanked by Bill McGawley OBE, and David Whale, Chairman of the SHRMF Education and Awards Committee. Bill was explaining the merits of Apprenticeships to the large and well-informed Classic Car Show audience. Bill said that the UK economy urgently needed switched-on, well trained and motivated skilled people to add value and real economic growth. Apprentices like Stewart would enjoy satisfying long-term careers and obtain relevant qualifications whilst being paid, without incurring the inevitable £50k student debt that comes via the graduate learning route. Furthermore, those of us interested in Heritage products will depend on the Stewart’s of this world to keep our equipment serviceable.
The Second picture shows Stewart, his proud Parents and Girlfriend with his prize, the superb comprehensive Snap-On toolkit.
"We are most grateful to Snap-On for supporting our skills mission in this way.”