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.
Promotional cupcakes prompt an exploration of how railway companies have catered to changing tastes.
“It’s been like trying to untangle a ball of string with lots of different stands”: our volunteers have been hard at work creating railway company biographies to aid researchers.
Archivists normally hate the media describing archives as “lost” and “discovered”. My only excuse for using such tired clichés is that this collection actually was lost and discovered.
Love it or loathe it, the provision of food by railway companies has always been an important part of the rail passenger experience.