Monthly Archives: February 2014

The Alan Jackson Archive

Background Alan Jackson was an inveterate collector of information on all aspects of the railways and recorded his data on a series of index cards.  He left his collection of cards and supporting material to the Railway and Canal Historical … Continue reading

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Heritage Appeal

Harriet Lamb works for our Development team and talks about the amazing generosity of our visitors. 2013 was a really special year for our museum. To celebrate the anniversary of Mallard’s record breaking achievement we reunited all six remaining A4 … Continue reading

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My favourite object

At the National Railway Museum not only do we have a wonderful collection of objects, we also have over 360 amazing volunteers. They support our work in a variety of ways, from assisting with research to running our miniature railway. … 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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Painting Dwight D. Eisenhower

Today’s guest blog was written by Ian and the fantastic team Heritage Painting who undertook the cosmetic restoration of both Mallard and Dwight D. Eisenhower. Their previous blog focused on painting the world’s fastest steam loco but today they talk … Continue reading

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Making tracks for February half-term

It’s February half-term and we’ve got some fantastic activities happening. Our Train for the Tracks event is all about the jobs you can get working on the railways. To help any young engineers discover a passion for the railway we … Continue reading

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Railway Romance

Railways have always been linked to romance, either in the world of fiction or the real world of meeting loved ones under station clocks. Our recent Station Stories project collected people’s memories of the railways and it’s no surprise that … Continue reading

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The Great Gathering: a remarkable reunion of locomotives and boilers.

Whatever its fame and history, a locomotive can also be seen as a collection of skilfully designed, manufactured and maintained components. The frames of a locomotive are often considered the source of its identity, with other parts frequently swapped between … Continue reading

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