Omibus Society

Provincial Historical Research Group

Paul Lacey
Group Chairman

Provincial Historical Research Group Region

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Interim Joint Chairmen - Michael Yelton and David Grimmett
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Secretary - Peter Hale
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Journal Editor - David Grimmett
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Welcome to the Provincial Historical Research Group (PHRG)

Interested in Transport History?

We are part of the Omnibus Society and we offer:

  • A Journal six times a year, with articles on all aspects of bus history
  • Supplementary booklets - our P Series
  • Books for general sale on a range of subjects
  • The chance to get to know others interested in happenings in the past
  • We cover the whole of the UK outside London

Whether you are generally interested in the past or into serious research, you will be made most welcome.

Chairman's Welcome

We are known as the PHRG, but our full title describes a vibrant group which does just what it says on the tin.

We are provincial, though only in the sense that we do not specifically include the London Transport area, though in reality there are few of us without some interests extending into that area at some stage.

We are indeed historical, but then history only started yesterday, and we are not fixated on any particular period, leaving scope for interest by all age groups.

Certainly, we are research-based, but the range of topics is quite staggering. Within our ranks are many of the well-known contributors to magazines and to the bookshelves, without whom many valuable histories would not have been recorded for posterity.

And then again, we are a group, which means that we can help each other with research queries, sources of archival material and locating photos, some of which could be missed by the lone researcher. We also hold our AGM and Members Day in different parts of the country - go to our Calendar page and click on Events Archive to see where they have been.

And if you only want to read the results of the work of others, there is a wealth of interest in our Journal, arriving on this website (with notification in your inbox) or on your doormat 6 times a year. 

PHRG Committee: (L-R) Richard Diment, Philip Kirk, Laurie James, Paul Lacey, David Grimmett, Michael Yelton, Peter Hale and Geoff Porter

PHRG Journal

Our main production is our Journal, which appears every two months.  It contains articles on bus history - vehicles and operations - across the United Kingdom, along with questions and answers, plus several photos.

Look at our index to see the wide range of subjects covered in our Journals.  

To download a free sample copy of the PHRG Journal click here. Omnibus Society members can download each Journal from the website - go to PHRG Journals and P series to access.

P series

Our P series consists of stand-alone features that justify booklets of their own.  Printed copies of all P series issued since 2014 are available for purchase, and Omnibus Society members can download PDF copies from the P Series Booklets page.


We publish books on a wide range of transport history.  Details of our current books are on the main Publications page.  Our latest book is George Ewer & Co Ltd, published jointly with the PSV Circle in October 2023.  Our other recent books are The Ortona Motor Company Limited, Country Roads - Some Municipal Rural Bus Services by Michael Yelton, Sittingbourne's Forgotten Operators by Clive Cheeseman, and Buses on the A696 by David Holding.

For a full list of the books we have published please click here.  Most of them are available from our supporters Dinnages Publishing, and many of them are available from our good friends and stockists MDS Books.

We also recommend BUSMART for good quality secondhand PHRG books and other transport items.  By buying from BUSMART you will also be supporting The Bus Archive, which has close ties to the PHRG and Omnibus Society as a whole.

We have Publications Guidelines for authors - click here to see them.

The benefits of Omnibus Society membership

We are part of the Omnibus Society, so being an OS member means:

  • You automatically have access to our Journals and P series electronically through our website.  You can also download past issues back to number 1 in 1985.
  • You can opt for printed Journals and P series booklets if you wish.  This costs an additional £12 per year.
  • You can take part in all our events.

So it really is worth joining the OS.  For membership details please click here.


Bygone Buses of Northamptonshire by Roger Warwick

We are delighted to host Bygone Buses of Northamptonshire - Roger Warwick's superb histories of bus operators in that county.  Roger is a PHRG member, and a past Secretary and Bulletin Editor.  The latest update was made in March 2023.

Please click here to access the Bygone Buses of Northamptonshire page. This takes you to the Introduction and Index, from where there are links to each operator history. 


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