Author Archives: Ruth Leach

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.

From our collection: landscape photography

While we were putting together our latest exhibition with the Landscape Photographer of the Year awards, I took the opportunity to look at how some of the photographs in our collection had captured similar compositions.    

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Winners announced: Landscape Photographer of the Year

I’m currently working on our next art gallery exhibition, which is a little different to previous exhibitions. We’re working with the Take a view Landscape Photographer of the Year competition to showcase some stunning railway photography. The Network Rail Lines in … Continue reading

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From the photo collection: unexpected finds

One of my favourite parts of my job is image research. We’re lucky to have a fantastic photographic collection here at the National Railway Museum, and you can see thousands of examples on our website. Through ssplprints.com we can also … Continue reading

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Ladies Only: researching the Southern Railway 4-Sub

Myself and others on my team have been doing some research about the vehicles on display in the Great Hall here at York. One of the vehicles I’ve been looking at is the Southern Railway (SR) 4-sub, number S8143S. I … Continue reading

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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.

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Picture of the week: royals in Rochdale

Here’s another image from our ever-increasing online photo collection. This one’s the choice of Ruth Leach, our Interpretation Developer: Over the last year or so I’ve frequently turned to our image collection for inspiration for the Station Hall redevelopment. When I was … Continue reading

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Station Hall: a week of changes

The changes to Station Hall came on in leaps and bounds last week. We installed a number of platform installations, graphics and collection items. Here are a few highlights: Between now and February, we’ll be finishing off a couple of … Continue reading

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A sneak peek at the Station Hall workshop

Although it might feel like the Station Hall redevelopment has been quiet of late, there has been a lot of work going on behind the scenes. The exhibits are now being produced, and this week we visited our propmakers’ workshop … Continue reading

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Exploring our luggage label collection

As part of the Station Hall redevelopment I’ve been looking through our collection of luggage labels. We’ll be reproducing some of these labels and using them on the new exhibits that will be installed in Station Hall. Here are a few … Continue reading

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Railway station lost property: 3350 gloves, 2280 umbrellas, and live animals

Whilst doing some research for Station Hall, I stumbled across an article about lost property at railway stations, written by an HJ Prytherch in 1898.  He comes across as quite a stern chap, who didn’t take kindly to people leaving … Continue reading

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