To mark the start of Black History Month in the UK, Assistant Director & Head Curator Andrew McLean explores the legacy of Asquith Xavier, who successfully fought to become the first black worker employed as a train guard at London Euston station in 1966.
Andrew is the National Railway Museum's Assistant Director and Head Curator, responsible for storing, conserving and bringing to life our collection items.
Andrew tells us about the significance of Locomotion No.1, which made a momentous journey on 27 September 1825.
What challenges do curators face in managing a large, historically important national collection?
Objects from the National Railway Museum can help tell the story of a terrifying rail disaster.
One famous locomotive, many different get-ups—how should Flying Scotsman look?