JCB digs up its own history

The letters JCB are a generally-accepted term for any kind of digger or excavator. It is shorthand for the company (JC Bamford Excavators Ltd) as well as its products. The success of the company and the brand is now being celebrated in a £5m permanent exhibition, The Story of JCB.

This tells how a small business in Rocester, founded in 1945 by Joseph Cyril Bamford and incorporated as a company in 1956, grew to become a world leader and a household name. The exhibition also looks at the pre-history of the enterprise, which dates back to the 1820s, when the Bamford family were blacksmiths in Uttoxeter. Read more by following these links: