A distraction robbery, at Totnes Museum in Devon on 23rd June, has led to the loss of an unique piece of local engineering history.
“The Experiment”, a model compound engine was built by engineer, John Lewis Larrad, and has been a feature of the museum’s collection for many years.
John Larrad was best known for his invention of the “Larrad” retaining nut – a steel lock nut first patented in 1912. A note that he wrote on a piece of his advertising reads –
“Choose a Bolt as you would a friend,
For on a Bolt men’s lives depend.”
This very heavy, and unique, piece of model engineering will almost certainly appear on the market and it is hoped that it will be recognised and returned to the town where it was made.
Anyone with information is asked to directly contact the Museum at Totnes.
At around 11.00pm last evening (27/08) the inner foyer of the National Motorcycle Museum in Solihull was broken into and a large amount of the Museum’s trophies & TT replicas stolen.
Each of the Museums trophy cabinets was smashed causing substantial damage to the displays.
Many of the trophies and TT replicas have little “scrap” value but are unique and irreplaceable as part of this countries Motorcycling Heritage.
Because of the historical importance of these trophies the National Motorcycle Museum will be offering a substantial award of £20,000 for information which leads to the safe recovery of these important artefacts.
Anyone with any relevant information is asked to contact West Midlands Police or the National Motorcycle Museum on 01675 443311 or e-mail Museum Director James Hewing firstname.lastname@example.org
The Museum has re-opened as normal this morning.