The steam roller in the museum’s collection was made by Aveling and Porter who were Rochester based agricultural engine and steam roller manufacturers. The company was founded in1862 and produced more traction engines and steam rollers than all the other British manufacturers combined.

Aveling and Porter steam rollers, bearing the Kent ‘Invicta’ horse emblem, were exported to Europe and as far afield as India and North America. The company moved to Lincolnshire in 1933 and, as Aveling-Barford, ceased trading in 1988.