Category Archives: Research

Prevention is better than cure: promoting safety on the railways and beyond

This is a guest post by Mike Esbester, Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Portsmouth, introducing a new resource on our website. Nearly 15 years ago I was doing some research at what was then the National Railway Museum Library … Continue reading

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Remember these? How would you track the modern railway industry?

This is a guest post by Associate Archivist Alison Kay and the National Railway Museum volunteer team. Hundreds of railway companies have existed over the last 200 years, with even very recent companies fading into distant memory. The British railway industry has always … Continue reading

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Work and Play on a First World War Ambulance Train

The most recent addition to our rare book collection is an amazing insight into the lives of people who worked on ambulance trains during the First World War. The book was compiled by the Friends Ambulance Unit (FAU)  and (in … Continue reading

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Discovering my family history

In 2009, I finally became an Auntie to a gorgeous little boy called William. I began thinking about all the family stories and secrets I could tell him when he was older, however I knew next to nothing about my … 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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Just the ticket?

A visit to NRM’s Search Engine facility allows anyone to access what is arguably the world’s most extensive railway library and archive. Those who can’t make it to York for whatever reason can hire a researcher by using the Inreach team, … Continue reading

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5th and 6th June: Two significant dates in wartime Railway Shipping

So far my blog posts have concentrated on the service given by railway owned ships during the First World War, but two significant anniversaries occur this week involving events in the Second War. June 5th marks the official end of operation Dynamo … Continue reading

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