Author Archives: Lorna Frost, Assistant Curator - Image Collections

The Permanent Way by Stanhope Forbes

Stanhope Forbes’ poster ‘The Permanent Way’ is unusual among railway posters in that it doesn’t show an idyllic holiday destination or stylish engine whooshing through a scenic landscape. It shows the railway workers who kept the lines running; laying, checking … Continue reading

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Our poster collection is growing

The National Railway Museum posters are a captivating collection comprising more than 11,300 items dating from 1804 to the present day. The collection includes examples from the pre-grouping railway companies, the Big Four, British Railways and some items from private … Continue reading

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The Lithographer’s Art

Many of the posters in our collection were produced using lithography, a print technique dating back to the 1860s and used right up to the 1970s. I recently went to a training day at Reading University to learn how lithography … Continue reading

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King’s Cross redevelopment wins heritage award

The redevelopment of Kings Cross Station has been awarded an EU Prize for Cultural Heritage in the area of conservation. The work on Lewis Cubitt’s 1852 Grade 1 listed station built for the Great Northern Railway has transformed the way passengers … Continue reading

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Manchester Piccadilly: a visual history

As a regular visitor passing through Manchester Piccadilly train station, I’ve been interested by some of the paintings and photographs in the collection which give a few insights into its history. I’ve selected some of my favourite images to show … Continue reading

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‘Skegness is SO bracing’ – back to its bracing best

There are now only three weeks left to see our summer holiday exhibition Hints for Holidays, which showcases some stunning examples from our poster collections. John Hassall’s ‘Skegness is SO Bracing’ is one of the most iconic British railway posters … Continue reading

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The railway that brought the beach to your bathroom

Think that a week relaxing at the beach is good for you? In the early 1900s, visiting the coast for a dip in the sea was thought to cure all manner of ailments. But what happened when the summer season … Continue reading

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Summer poster exhibition – the rejects!

I’m currently working on a poster exhibition for the summer entitled Hints for Holidays, all about seaside holidays. It’s a really difficult job to select only 40 or 50 posters from the 11,000+ in the collection, so I thought I’d pick out a few … Continue reading

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Listing a 4000-strong photographic collection

Over the last year a team of volunteers has been working hard to list a collection of approximately 4000 photographic prints acquired from the former North Eastern Railway Headquarters in York (now the Cedar Court Grand Hotel). These have been … Continue reading

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An art gallery, a shire horse and a dray

We’re about to start installing the next exhibition for our Art Gallery. The Art of Advertising will feature posters and paintings from the NRM collection as well as loans from Tate, Bradford Museums and Galleries and York Art Gallery. The exhibition … Continue reading

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