Category Archives: Research

Discovering my family history

In 2009, I finally became an Auntie to a gorgeous little boy called William. I began thinking about all the family stories and secrets I could tell him when he was older, however I knew next to nothing about my … Continue reading

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One year to research Crystal Palace subway

Today’s guest blog comes from Jules Hussey (and her colleague Sue Giovanni), on how Search Engine helped their ‘Inspired By Subway‘ research project on the Crystal Palace station. One year to research a subway? That can’t be too hard, can … Continue reading

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Just the ticket?

A visit to NRM’s Search Engine facility allows anyone to access what is arguably the world’s most extensive railway library and archive. Those who can’t make it to York for whatever reason can hire a researcher by using the Inreach team, … Continue reading

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5th and 6th June: Two significant dates in wartime Railway Shipping

So far my blog posts have concentrated on the service given by railway owned ships during the First World War, but two significant anniversaries occur this week involving events in the Second War. June 5th marks the official end of operation Dynamo … Continue reading

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Dunrobin – The Little Royal Engine

Whilst preparing some of our engineering drawings from our North British Locomotive Company collection for scanning recently, I came across this lovely drawing.

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Captain Fryatt and other belligerent merchantmen

In today’s blog, Simon Batchelor continues to explore railway’s involvement in World War One – read his previous posts. Perhaps the most infamous incident affecting the railway marine service during World War One was the execution in 1916 of Captain … Continue reading

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Armed Merchantmen and Q-Boats

Today’s blog was written by Simon Batchelor, our Assistant Curator of Collections, and and continues to explore the impact of World War One on Britain’s railways.  When World War One broke out some ships belonging to the merchant fleets of Britain’s railways … Continue reading

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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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