Category Archives: Conservation

The many guises of Flying Scotsman

Today’s post is written by Andrew McLean, our Head Curator. Of all the locomotives in the National Collection Flying Scotsman excites the most comment. For many she is the “most famous locomotive in the World” and should be resplendent in … Continue reading

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Conserving Hubert Herkomer’s portrait of William Cawkwell

Today’s post comes from Ed Bartholomew, Senior Curator of our image and sound Collection. The National Railway Museum has an art collection containing over a thousand paintings.  Many of them are depictions of locomotives and original artwork for railway posters, … Continue reading

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Conserving the Midland Railway poster, Blackpool

This guest blog was written by Richard Hawkes ACR, Paper Conservator, Artworks Conservation, Harrogate Posters produced to advertise railway companies and their destinations were not expected to last longer than their brief period of display. The papers on which they … Continue reading

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Conserving the Mersey Railway poster

Over the last two years we’ve been working to conserve and frame the biggest poster in the National Railway Museum’s collection. At more than 2m x 3m its been a challenge, but it’s finally complete and ready for the wall.

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Conserving a model wagon

This is a post written by Museum Volunteer Philippa Beesley. Volunteering in the National Railway Museum’s Conservation Department is exciting, challenging and essential for professional development. Despite being a qualified objects conservator, the work involves the new challenge of large … Continue reading

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One year to research Crystal Palace subway

Today’s guest blog comes from Jules Hussey (and her colleague Sue Giovanni), on how Search Engine helped their ‘Inspired By Subway‘ research project on the Crystal Palace station. One year to research a subway? That can’t be too hard, can … Continue reading

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Captain Bill and the ‘Old Lady’

Captain W G (Bill) Smith VRD, RNVR, is not a name that many people, outside of the world of railway preservation, have heard of.  But Bill, an important railway pioneer, is memorialised in two locomotives and a set of nameplates, … Continue reading

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