Press and media

The 2010 Rolt centenary has generated a lot of interest in Tom Rolt's life and his works.

On this page is a list of some of the many articles about LTC Rolt that have appeared during the centenary year, several of which can be downloaded as pdf files. Also there is a chance to listen again to the programme broadcast in November 2010 on Radio 4.

Magazine articles

  • Octane Magazine for classic car enthusiasts, February 2009

    Gone But Not Forgotten - Tom Rolt, by Dale Drinton

  • Links, December 2009

    LTC Roltís Legacy lives on, by Julia Elton, Clive Henderson and John Powell

  • Talyllyn News No 224, December 2009

    Article by Richard Hope, announcing the LTC Rolt Centenary

  • Waterways World, January 2010

    Tom Rolt - a Life in Books, by Mark Baldwin with additional words by David Bolton
    Read this article (7 page PDF, 1.85MB)

  • Canal Boat & Inland Waterways magazine, February 2010.

    Tom Rolt: a tribute, by Hugh McKnight.
    Read this article (6 page PDF, 5.5MB)

  • Cambrian News 25 Feb 2010

    The Father of Railway Preservation, by Paul Gunn

  • Links March 2010, Tom Rolt Centenary Issue

    Tom Rolt, a chip off the old block, by Richard Rolt
    Read this article (2 page PDF, 250K)

    Tom Rolt; a personal note by James Sutherland
    Read this article (1 page PDF, 1MB)

  • Narrow Boat Spring 2010

    Cressy - The Missing Years by Hugh Potter

  • Narrow Gauge World March/April 2010

    The Man Who Saved The Talyllyn

  • The Harriets April 2010

    Tom Rolt by Peter Roberts

  • Talyllyn News March 2010

    A chip off the old block by Richard Rolt, (article with photo of Sonia Rolt)

  • Cornerstone The Magazine of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, Volume 31 Spring 2010

    Sonia Rolt: Water and Earth but above all Fire, by Kate Griffin
    Read this article (4 page PDF file, 350K)

    Key Reads: Books That Mattered, No 20 Isambard Kingdom Brunel by Gillian Darley
    Read this article (2 page PDF file, 250K)

  • Waterways Spring 2010 Issue 227 (Tom Rolt Centenary)

    A personal tribute to LTC Rolt - one of the Founders of the IWA, by former National Chairman John C Fletcher
    Read this article (4 page PDF, 6.3MB)

  • Canal Boat June 2010

    A Boat Called Cressy by Hugh Mcknight

  • Official Programme VSCC Prescott Speed Hill Climb August 7th & 8th 2010

    Rolt of the VSCC by Julian Ghosh
    Read this article (2 page PDF file, 175K)

  • Irish Waterways

    Rolt Remembered by Gerald Potterton
    Read this article (1 page PDF file, 2.75MB)

  • Waterways Journal Volume 12 Waterways Conservation & Writing

    LTC Rolt (1910-1974) by Joseph Boughey

  • Oxfordshire Limited Edition August 2010

    Celebrating the man who saved our canals - Tom Roltís groundbreaking journey remembered by Nicola Lisle

  • Canals Rivers and Boats December 2010

    Tom Rolt - Narrow Boat Man by Tim Coghlan
    Read this article (6 page PDF file, 8.3MB)

  • Industrial Archaeology Review May 2011 Volume 33 No 1

    Remembering Rolt: A Symposium in Honour of the 100th Anniversary of LTC Rolt's Birth ó A Pioneer of Industrial Archaeology, by Angus Buchanan et al

    You can download this article free of charge from the publisher's website.

Radio programme

On 8th November 2010, BBC Radio 4 broadcast a programme celebrating the life and legacy of Tom Rolt. It was presented by Hermione Cockburn and edited and produced by Julian May.
Listen to this programme (MP3 file, 6.5MB)     

Waterways World - cover
Waterways World
Tom Rolt - A life in Books »

Tom Rolt - Narrow Boat Man
Canals Rivers and Boats
Tom Rolt - Narrow Boat Man »

Official Programme cover - VSCC Prescott Speed Hill Climb
Prescott 2010 Programme
Rolt of the VSCC »