Category Archives: Research

Researching the trainspotters

Today’s blog was written by Amy Banks, our Interpretation Developer, and looks at some of the work being done to prepare an upcoming exhibition at the Museum. I’ve recently been investigating the subject of trainspotting which will be the focus of … Continue reading

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Railway marine staff among first prisoners of war

Today’s blog was written by Simon Batchelor, our Assistant Curator of Collections, and looks at the internment of railway marine staff at the outbreak of the First World War.  When Britain entered a state of war on August 4th  1914 there were still a … Continue reading

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How would British Railways survive nuclear attack?

Today’s blog was written by Tom Hercock. He’s been working at the museum on a placement from the Master of Archives and Records Management Course at Liverpool University.  Archivists normally hate the media describing archives as “lost” and “discovered”. My only excuse … Continue reading

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Railway historian’s research legacy begins new life

We have teamed up with the Railway & Canal Historical Society (R&CHS) to create a new research tool based on the work of esteemed railway historian Alan Jackson. Jackson wrote many books in his lifetime and, as part of his … Continue reading

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Free event: Coming Home From the Front Line – wartime ambulance train travel

The National Railway Museum archive and library collections reveal what it would have been like for patients, doctors and nurses to travel on ambulance trains during wartime. The below image shows a basic ambulance train; sometimes these were nothing more … Continue reading

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Hidden Treasures: a sneak peek behind the scenes

We are taking part in the Collections Trust Hidden Treasures event this Bank Holiday (22-27 August). Which means you will have an opportunity to get up close and personal with some of our less known and less seen railway treasures on … Continue reading

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The Great Central Vision

The Great Central Railway (GCR) conjures many images in the mind of the railway enthusiast, such as ‘the last mainline’ (a misnomer which lingers on) and the Robinson locomotives. Despite its relatively ephemeral working existence the GCR had, as Gary … Continue reading

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New look for our Library Catalogue

This post is to let you know that our library catalogue is changing at the end of August. As some of you may know who have used Search Engine, the our library catalogue is hosted by the University of York (we share … Continue reading

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Post 1950 family history resources

In my last post I mentioned that we would be showcasing library and archive material of potential interest to family historians. So I thought I’d share with you this useful and rather underused resource – the Transport Directory (later to … Continue reading

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Textile design and ‘re-branding’ the railways

The Wolverton Works archive documents the design and manufacture of carriages and wagons, the design process was not limited to the carriages themselves but also the intricate decor inside. The Wolverton Works drawing collection contains examples of carpet designs for … Continue reading

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