How did the Parliamentary Papers in our archives inform safety standard during the period of railway mania?
Peter is the Library Services Supervisor at the National Railway Museum, looking after the museum's library collections and managing the public service in Search Engine, our library and archive centre.
We recently acquired a set of parliamentary papers covering the years 1837 up 1906. How will we begin to catalogue them?
In Search Engine, our archive and library centre, we receive many thousands of enquiries each year by letter and email. We get some fascinating questions, and one recent query was quite unusual, so I thought I’d share it with you.
There are over 1.5 million photographs in our collection but it’s not all trains—there are many road vehicles too.
Find out more about an unusual item from our archive with Search Engine Assistant Peter Thorpe.
Search Engine Assistant Peter Thorpe reveals the story behind a weird and wonderful document from our collection.
If you missed our display of royal train-related items, Search Engine Assistant Peter Thorpe has picked out some highlights for blog readers to enjoy.
Search Engine Assistant Peter Thorpe reveals a less well-known aspect of railway advertising.
Great British Railway Journeys piqued many people’s interest in Bradshaw’s railway guides—Search Engine Assistant Peter Thorpe reveals the story of less famous but equally interesting guide books.