Peter Thorpe explains our approach to collecting and why we must often say ‘no’.
Peter is the Library & Archive Assistant at the National Railway Museum providing support for our library and archive team in looking after our collections and helping researchers in Search Engine, our library and archive centre.
How a small revolution took place in our extensive collection of railway timetables.
Peter explores the history of the printed version of the National Rail Timetable as it reaches the end of its life.
We get a surprising amount of enquiries about railway clocks. Luckily, we have quite a few records in the archives.
Peter Thorpe digs deeper into the history of the building which still stands in the museum’s car park.
Exciting things are on the horizon for our collaborative project on the history of railway safety.
This week we’re celebrating the 10th anniversary of the opening of Search Engine, our library and archive centre.
How did the Parliamentary Papers in our archives inform safety standard during the period of railway mania?
We recently acquired a set of parliamentary papers covering the years 1837 up 1906. How will we begin to catalogue them?
In Search Engine, our archive and library centre, we receive many thousands of enquiries each year by letter and email. We get some fascinating questions, and one recent query was quite unusual, so I thought I’d share it with you.
There are over 1.5 million photographs in our collection but it’s not all trains—there are many road vehicles too.
Find out more about an unusual item from our archive with Search Engine Assistant Peter Thorpe.