Author Archive | Mike Esbester

Calling the Rolling Stones!

If you’d asked a year ago – or even last week – if our project, on UK and Irish railway worker accidents of the early 20th century, would be tweeting the Rolling Stones, the answer would clearly have been ‘no.’ However, it became relevant at last week’s Science Museum Group Research Conference, so now we […]

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Where has 1915 gone?

Have you been delving deep into the project database, following us on Twitter (@RWLDproject) or keeping a close eye on the ‘On this day’ Twitter feed on the homepage of the website? If so, and you were paying close attention, you might have noticed over the last 2 months or so you’ve not seen any […]

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Forgotten pasts at Glasgow Queen St

At the moment, Glasgow Queen St station is undergoing a major redevelopment, which has included exposing the Victorian glass frontage, concealed for the last 40 years by a concrete carbuncle now demolished. However, what isn’t so easy to see is another hidden past: the human cost of working on the railway, in employee accidents. This […]

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A year in the life of the project

Today we reach a significant project milestone: it’s a year since we made the database of nearly 4,000 British & Irish railway worker accidents available to the public! That’s as good a time as any to take stock. It’s been a busy time. We’ve been promoting the project as widely as possible, to get people […]

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Demolishing Wolverton Works

It was reported last week that the proposed demolition of most of the remaining original parts of the London and North Western Railway’s Wolverton Works had been given the go-ahead. This is a good moment, then, to think a little about an intangible part of the Works’ heritage: the experiences of the staff, without whom […]

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The final July multiples

This month we’ve already highlighted a a number of cases in which workers had 2 accidents (see here and here). Before the month is out, we have 2 more individuals from our database to add to this tally. The first person involved was Frederick Charles Cuff. A pilot guard for the Barry Railway company, he […]

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Family History & Academic History – & beyond!

On Saturday the project was represented at a really interesting workshop in Leeds, exploring the connections and collaborative potential between family historians and academic historians – and plenty of others, as it turned out! The workshop was part of the ‘Living with Dying’ project, based at the University of Leeds and exploring the social history […]

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