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New display to open chronicling the industrial ‘railway corridor’

Roly Kay, Norman Swindle and Paul Lovejoy, the engine crew at Stephenson Railway Museum. Picture by Roger Darsley

Roly Kay, Norman Swindle and Paul Lovejoy, the engine crew at Stephenson Railway Museum. Picture by Roger Darsley

Stephenson Railway Musueum will this weekend launch a new permanent display that chronicles the indistrial ‘railway corridor’ from Backworth Colliery to the coal staithes on the river Tyne.

All Our Stories: Our Railway in Years Gone By is a Heritage Lottery Fund supported project led by the North Tyneside Steam Railway Association (NTSRA).

It features first hand accounts from people who worked on the railway and its associated industries.

It will be available to view from Sunday.

Chairman of the NTSRA Malcolm Dunlavey said: “We have collected so much material, both in the spoken word and images from people we have spoken to, that it has been very hard to accommodate it all.

“The display will offer a real insight into the railways during that time.”

The NTSRA’s project explores the story of how the site of the North Tyneside railway formed part of the network that was created as part of the industrial expansion of Tyneside.

Members have recorded and documented memories and experiences of the association’s volunteers, historians, academics and local communities to give a new dimension to the visitor interpretation.

Volunteers have ensured the long term sustainability of the project and the display will feature not just traditional museum items but contemporary media such as iPads, allowing people to access hours of interviews with those who worked on the railway.

Geoff Woodward, manager of North Tyneside Museums, said:“This exhibition will add a real depth to the existing displays in the museum.

“Thank you very much to all the members of the North Tyneside Steam Railway Association.”

 

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