How the Museum started:
The Museum is managed by a Trust which
was set up in 1985 by the Museum's founder, the late Lyndon Charles
Pallot, a well loved and respected Jersey character more commonly known
as ‘Don'. The L C Pallot Trust was established with the
object of promoting the permanent preservation of steam engines, farm
machinery, vehicles and much more, the Trustees are Don's surviving 4
sons and 3 daughters.
The Museum was opened to the public in
1990, in those days it was housed in older adjacent buildings.
The Engine Shed and Victorian Style Station Platform were later
constructed and officially opened on Liberation Day 1996 by Senator
Dick Shenton. The large extension to the Engine Shed, which was
completed in 2002, provides an ideal setting for the vast and varied
array of exhibits. A Church Pipe Organ and Compton Theatre Organ
were amongst the many exhibits painstakingly moved into their much
brighter and spacious location. The well attended official
opening ceremony took place on Liberation Day 2002, Mr Michael Wilcock,
owner of the former Jersey Motor Museum, cut the ribbon and declared
the new Pallot Steam Museum open.
The Museum premises are leased to the
Trust by the family owned Property Company. The Museum's only
source of income is from admission charges, sales of souvenirs,
donations and profits from the two annual Steam Fayres which are held
in May and the Autumn, over the years, more than £46,000 has been
donated to various Charities from Steam Fayre profits. No other
financial support is available. Two full time members of staff
are employed and undertake a variety of jobs. Administration and
supervision duties are undertaken voluntarily by the Trustees in order
to keep running costs to a minimum.