Station Hall: the finishing touches

Since my last post, when we made real inroads into the installation work in Station Hall, we’ve been focusing on getting the finishing touches just right.

Our Conservation team have been installing collection items throughout Station Hall. Here they're adding some railway maps to the Concourse wall.

Our Conservation team have been installing collection items throughout Station Hall. Here they’re adding some railway maps to the Concourse wall.

They also installed some station names, sometimes known as totems.

They also installed some station totems from our collection.

We've also installed graphics throughout the space. Here is our 'poster' cloud on the entrance railings to Station Hall. Choosing just 6 posters from our collection of over 10,000 was no mean feat.

We’ve also installed graphics throughout the space. Here is our ‘poster cloud’ on the entrance railings to Station Hall. Choosing just 6 posters from our collection of over 10,000 was no mean feat.

The reverse of the poster cloud showcases some of the images from our collection, along with some of the great stories we collected as part of our Station Stories project.

The reverse of the poster cloud showcases some of the images from our collection, along with some of the great stories we collected as part of our Station Stories project.

We've also opened up our Mark II carriage so that visitors can get in and enjoy watching a film in the carriage.

We’ve also opened up our Mark II carriage so that visitors can get in and enjoy watching a film in the carriage.

We've also been trialling some steam effects, with more tests to do in the coming weeks.

We’ve also been trialling some steam effects, with more tests to do in the coming weeks.

But my favourite image of the last few weeks has to be this one - I think it shows just how far we've come in redeveloping Station Hall, and transforming it into an atmospheric space.

But my favourite image of the last few weeks has to be this one – I think it shows just how far we’ve come in redeveloping Station Hall, and transforming it into an atmospheric space.

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About Ruth Leach

I'm an Interpretation Developer at the National Railway Museum. I'm interested in social history - so for me, anything that puts people back in to railways is good news.
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6 Responses to Station Hall: the finishing touches

  1. Hi Ruth, I’ve had the pleasure of visiting the hall several times since new year and view developments. The Hall is looking most impressive, the new entrance has added a whole new dimension to the displays, the steam effects are well very effective when I saw them earlier this month (still think the smells would add that final touch and could be sold in shop for oil burners) and got some wonderful photo’s as a result. The new displays and “dance mats” are informative and entertaining. The atmosphere with the dressing of the hall is more like a station each visit. I do wonder about the new structure at the Yard end, it does effectively block tracks, giving another obstruction to be removed should it be necessary or desirable to move the railway vehicles around, creating flexibility to the display, prolonging it’s life. Overall I think hearty congratulations to you and your team are in order, well done.

    • Ruth Leach says:

      Hi Thomas,

      Thanks so much for your comments, I’m so pleased that you like what we’ve done with Station Hall.

      Ruth.

  2. Simon Martin says:

    Looks terrific. I especially like the touch with the Union Jacks hanging over Gladstone. The combination of the Crab and the Midland Spinner alongside each other also very pleasing on the eye. Looking forward to visiting the NRM and taking it all in, in the flesh.

  3. Jonas Nyholm says:

    Looks great! Really looking forward to my next visit to check out all of the changes.

    • Ruth Leach says:

      Hi Jonas,

      Thanks for getting in touch, I’m glad you like what you’ve seen so far. Hope you enjoy your visit.

      Ruth.

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