PHILIP KIRK has tapped into one of the many rich seams of The Bus Archive to tell some of the story of one of the founding figures of the British motorbus industry who was particularly active in the 1920s

A portrait of William Underwood first published in the trade press.

At the time of writing, The Bus Archive remains closed to visitors because of the health emergency, and we have not been able to receive any new donations for a while. 

For a change this time, we look at an important collection: the personal papers of one of the pioneers of the industry, William Thomas Underwood, a leading light in the development of United Automobile, East Midland and much more. 

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