IRS Seminar Series

Thursday 20 July 2017, 2.00PM to 16:00

Speaker: Dr David Turner and Sophie Vohra

This free public event is an excellent way to hear about new railway research as well as to ask questions and network with those with similar interests. Speaking, we have Dr David Turner and current PhD student Sophie Vohra.

David is Associate Lecturer at the University of York’s Centre for Lifelong Learning and runs the Postgraduate diploma in Railway Studies. His talk will be on Damage, delay and disappearance - sending beer by rail before 1914.

Sophie is a University of York and National Railway Museum Collaborative Doctoral Award student, who is researching Railways and Commemoration for her PhD. Sophie’s talk will highlight her research findings to date.

The seminar looks to be an interesting session with two rarely discussed topics on the agenda. If you would like to attend please book your free ticket here.

Location: Duchess of Hamilton suite, National Railway Museum

Admission: Free

Institute for Railways Studies Seminar Series: 9 March 2017

Thursday 9 March 2017, 2.00PM to 16:00

Speaker: Dr Stephan Tetzlaff and Mark Lambert

Our speakers will be

Dr Stephan Tetzlaff, who will be giving a talk on: “Competition, Coordination and Control: Road and Rail Transport Between Government Institutions and Commercial Actors in Interwar India (c. 1920-1939)”

Stefan Tetzlaff is a historian who specializes in the social and economic history of modern South Asia and its connection with the world. He currently holds a postdoctoral fellowship at the German Historical Institute in London. Before this, Stefan trained in history, area studies and political science in Berlin and New Delhi, and completed a PhD in Mediaeval and Modern History in Göttingen in 2015. The central themes of Stefan’s PhD and postdoctoral research till date have been the large-scale emergence of motorized road transport in rural and small town India in the interwar period and the development of an indigenous automotive industry since the 1940s on the background of specific local, regional and transnational developments.

Mark Lambert, will be basing his talk on his current PhD research which is looking at: 'The designation and display of British railway heritage in the post-war decades'. Primarily his talk will focus on the decision-making processes which led to the preservation of locomotives in what was to become the National Collection, between 1948 and 1962. His research has come from the archives of the Science Museum Group as well as at The National Archives.

Mark is doing his PhD at the University of Nottingham’s School of Geography.  

As usual, the IRS seminar is free. 

Please note the seminar’s change of location which, previously, have been held at the NRM:

Location: The King’s Manor, the University of York’s city centre premises, Lecture Theatre K/133: please note the seminar’s change of location which, previously, have been held at the NRM.

Admission: Free

Institute of Railway Studies Seminar, 17th November

Thursday 17 November 2016, 2.00PM to 4.00pm

Speaker: Anthony Coulls, Dr Oli Betts and Richard Taylor

The next IRS seminar will feature talks from our Senior Curator of Rail Transport and Technology, Anthony Coulls on the Fletcher Jennings locomotive industry at Lowca; NRM Research Fellow, Dr Oli Betts will be looking at the culture of railway drawing office employees through the lens of GWR staff scrapbook, the Enginorum, which is held in the NRM archives and guest speaker, Richard Taylor, will be discussing the research behind his recent book on Edward Johnston and his typeface and roundel that became ubiquitous with London Underground.

 The IRS seminar is free but ticketed - to get your ticket, please register at this following link:

Location: National Railway Museum, Mallard Suite

Admission: Free

IRS Seminar

Wednesday 15 June 2016, 2.00PM to 16:00

Speaker: Anne Mallory and Alison Kay

The speakers will be former IRS student Anne Mallery who will be talking about her research. Anne is exploring the relationship between women, railway and religion in the late nineteenth century looking at the work of women in the Railway Mission and how they found ways to break through male dominated railway culture to take religion to the vast numbers of men employed in the railway industry of late Victorian Britain.

The second speaker will be our Associate Archivist Alison Kay, who will be talking about the research she has done to underpin the museum's forthcoming Ambulance Train exhibition, due to open in July. Here Alison will talk about some of the stories and people involved with the transportation of the sick and wounded by ambulance train in the First World War.

The event is free, but is ticketed:  

Location: NRM's Mallard suite

Admission: Free

New Uses for Old Railways Conference

Tuesday 21 June 2016, 9.00AM to 17:00

Speaker: Various

The Interuniversity Centre for the History of Science and Technology (University NOVA of Lisbon), the Centre for Innovation, Technology and Public Policy (University of Lisbon), and the Institute of Railway Studies (University of York) are organising a workshop on the theme of 'new uses for old railways'.

The objective of this workshop is to debate how railroads in different contexts and countries were less and less used over time until they were eventually shutdown. But, instead of just being abandoned, they were brought back to life with new uses, either as part of heritage programs or with different purposes, providing for different needs. In some cases they even paved the way for reverse engineering studies, a new and promising field of research. A new book about this issue will also be launched at the event (and digital copies provided to the attendants). 

Further info and tickets available here:

Location: NRM's Duchess of Hamilton suite

Admission: £55 (includes lunch, refreshments, two digital books and three documentaries)