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Films from our archive at the 2015 Aesthetica Short Film Festival

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By Tim Procter

…our archives, the BFI and in some private film archives. Some titles have surfaced online, others on commercial DVDs. Parts of their output, such as the documentary segments of Romance…

“I saw it in the works magazine” – casting light on the English Electric workforce

https://blog.railwaymuseum.org.uk/i-saw-it-in-the-works-magazine/
By Charlotte Dennard

The GEC Traction archive is the most extensive archive collection held at the National Railway Museum. The GEC Traction archive cataloguing project is funded by the National Archives Cataloguing Grant…

S W A Newton, the cycling photographer

https://blog.railwaymuseum.org.uk/newton-cycling-photographer/
By Martha Cattell

…large collection of photographs of railway construction in the nineteenth century held in our archives. The bulk of the S W A Newton collection, however, is in two archives, the…

Time detectives—discovering the history of railway clocks

https://blog.railwaymuseum.org.uk/time-detectives-discovering-the-history-of-railway-clocks/
By Peter Thorpe

…of stunning railway advertising posters. But you may be surprised to discover that a relatively tiny collection of archive material creates some of the most asked-about archives we hold. Not…

Railway Workers After the Accident

https://blog.railwaymuseum.org.uk/railway-workers-after-the-accident/
By Mike Esbester

…illness or accident. The record book for the Great Eastern Railway’s Benevolent Fund, covering 1913-1923, survives in the archives at the National Railway Museum—and has now been fully transcribed as…

A petition to let railway staff grow moustaches

https://blog.railwaymuseum.org.uk/a-petition-to-let-railway-staff-grow-moustaches/
By Peter Thorpe

One of the nicest things about working in Search Engine is coming across fascinating items in the archives that I didn’t know about. Quite often I happen upon some wonderful…

Railway tourist guides: part 2

https://blog.railwaymuseum.org.uk/railway-tourist-guides-part-2/
By Peter Thorpe

…and booklets concentrating on specific destinations or events, and promoting cheap fares. We have a collection of such material within our archives, and have massively increased the amount of the…

Boiled AND roasted? Rediscovering an 1870s turkey dinner

https://blog.railwaymuseum.org.uk/boiled-and-roasted-rediscovering-an-1870s-turkey-dinner/
By Alison Kay

…hours to roast” Alongside the letter was a festive package that included ”a few sausages” and ”a few bones to make some good gravy”. Our archives contain more food-related documents…

Great Western Railway Engineers: Churchward, Gresley, Maunsell, Bulleid and Holcroft

https://blog.railwaymuseum.org.uk/great-western-railway-engineers/
By Charlotte Dennard

…the age of 90, although it was never published. The collection was catalogued and the blog written by Robert Hillman, a student on the Master of Archives and Records Management…

Poetry please!

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By Karen Baker

…box. Poetry in the archives Below is the printed broadsheet of a poem entitled “A Dirge over the Broad Gauge”. It was written by A B Berry in May 1892,…

In pictures: Hull Docks in 1926

https://blog.railwaymuseum.org.uk/in-pictures-hull-docks-in-1926/
By Nick Ansell

This is another set of photographs from the Humphrey Household collection in the National Railway Museum’s archives. Household’s special interest in minor, narrow-gauge and industrial railways led him to go…

Builders of Locomotives to the World’s Railways

https://blog.railwaymuseum.org.uk/10179-2/
By Tania Parker

Tania Parker, Search Engine assistant at the National Railway Museum, unearths insights from the archive’s collections of private railway manufacturers. Over recent months I have been cataloguing the National Railway…