railways

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    From Stephenson to Suburbia: the Socio-Economic Impacts of the Coming of the Railways to the Chilterns

    Using current PhD research, Rudi Newman’s talk demonstrates that for rural Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire, railways had varying degrees of impact, acting mostly as a facilitating factor rather than an overall cause of change. Rudi Newman is a PhD history […]

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    Engineering office staff

    Focusing on some of the drawing and engineering offices, Tim Procter’s talk examines the personal marks that staff have left on the official records and shows evidence of them humanising the impersonal environment that had changed. Tim Procter is the […]

  • Audio contentRAIL_1005_409_1971

    Selling the age of the train: British Rail passenger marketing and travel in Britain in the 1960s–70s

    By exploring a wide range of historical records, this talk aims to tell the story of how the railways changed peoples’ lives, as well as to show how people similarly took part in shaping rail travel in Britain. Travel in late-twentieth […]

  • Audio contentRAIL 92/136 Oswestry works staff 1909

    Living in a railway town

    Di Drummond describes the experience of living in railway towns during the 19th and 20th centuries, particularly focussing on Crewe between 1840-1914. The records of the Grand Junction and London and North Western Railway Companies, part of The National Archives […]

  • Audio contentGreat Train Robbery 1963 fingerprints of Charles F Wilson (catalogue reference: DPP 2/3723/1963)

    The truth about The Great Train Robbery of 1963

    It was called the crime of the century. The Great Train Robbers planned their heist pretty much flawlessly. But getting away with it was another matter. Most of the robbers got caught. Most of them leaving unanswered questions. Such as: who never got caught? And, […]

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    Adlestrop: railways, poetry and the myths of 1914

    Adlestrop by Edward Thomas is one of the nation’s favourite poems. Written in the heat of battle by an officer who was doomed not to survive the war, Adlestrop idealises the stillness of a railway station in an English country […]

  • Audio contentBrighton and South Coast Railway poster, 1905, cat. ref. COPY 1/227 f.229

    Time travel: a journey through the timetables of the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway 1860-1901

    This talk takes a look beyond the day-to-day purpose of railway timetables, to consider how they reveal changes in the pace, regularity and frequency of mobility in the 19th century. Dr Tony Wakeford is a historical geographer with research interests […]

  • Audio contentExcursion Train ABC, 1874, cat. ref. COPY 1/26(373)

    Researching Mr Briggs’ Hat: an account of Britain’s first railway murder

    The 1864 murder of Thomas Briggs in his first-class railway carriage is investigated through documents in The National Archives, The US National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), newspapers and other resources. The overwhelming reaction to this event tells us about […]

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    Railways and the mobilisation for war in 1914

    The historian A.J.P Taylor, considering the events of 1914, once argued: ‘The First World War had begun – imposed on the statesmen of Europe by railway timetables. It was an unexpected climax to the railway age.’ This talk will look […]

  • Video contentGWR locomotive no 100 William Dean between Creech and Durston (catalogue reference: COPY 1/460)

    God’s Wonderful Railway – British Sign Language video

    Find out how the development of the railways transformed the landscape of Great Britain and became the agent of enormous social change. Bruno Derrick explores the early years of the Great Western Railway, from its foundation to the death of […]

  • Audio contentGWR locomotive no 100 William Dean between Creech and Durston (catalogue reference: COPY 1/460)

    God’s Wonderful Railway

    Find out how the development of the railways transformed the landscape of Great Britain and became the agent of enormous social change. Bruno Derrick explores the early years of the Great Western Railway, from its foundation to the death of […]

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