On this page we’ll let you know about any project events or talks about the project. Do get in touch if you’d like us to come and give a talk about our work!


17-18 December 2018 – ‘Mobility of Things’ conference, National Railway Museum

The project will have a stand at the conference, as well as drawing from the project work in Mike Esbester’s contribution to the opening roundtable.


7-8 June 2019 – THE Genealogy Show, Birmingham

Excited to be taking our travelling roadshow – including pop-up banners, film of railway work in action, the database & website, plus project information flyers – to this event. We’ve put together a short blog post about it on the Show’s website, here. Come along and say hello!


Taken Place:

29 October 2018 – Railway & Canal Historical Society London Group meeting

A very engaged audience, with great interest in the topic and the project – including confirmation from some former railway staff (some quite senior in the 1960s) that some of the problems found in our database were still an issue 50+ years later …


20 October 2018 – Register of Qualified Genealogists Conference, York

A useful day, particularly for thinking about collaboration between the various parties who might be interested in our project and our methods. See our blog post about this event and the Family History Show, below. This has proved to be a starting point for ongoing discussion about setting up more structured means of working together across ‘types’ of research – watch this space!


22 September 2018 – Family History Show, London

Very hectic, talking non-stop – met some fascinating people (including one disabled former railway worker) and got more of a sense of how we might best promote the project amongst family historians.


14 September 2018 – Science Museum Group Conference, London

This year’s theme focused on research within the Group, so it’s particularly apt that our project presented about collaboration across institutions. Karen Baker and Mike Esbester introduced our work and methods; it all seemed to go down well, with a nice follow up meeting arranged to discuss introducing similar methods at another site within the Group. Some thoughts about the day are in this blog post. Tweets from the day are found under #SMGConf2018


14 July 2018 – ‘Family History & Academic History’, Leeds City Museum

A really interesting event, bringing together academic and family historians, and others, to think about how we might collaborate successfully – very important to our project. Our presentation explored some of the issues around crowd-sourcing and volunteers, and was recorded, so will hopefully be made available soon. See our blog post for some reflections on the day. For those on Twitter, #historianscollaborate will bring up tweets from the day.


20 April 2018 – ‘Museums in Context and Partnership’ conference, National Railway Museum

We presented a short paper as part of this exciting conference, outlining some of the key points of our project and its methodology, and inviting discussion about the benefits and challenges it offers. There were plenty of other collaborative projects at the conference, so building connections was very helpful. For those on Twitter, #railwaycultures will show discussion from the conference.


24 March 2018 – Guild of One Name Studies AGM and conference

Hosted in Wakefield, the conference featured a presentation from Peter Thorpe about the NRM’s rich resources for geneaological study, including discussion about our project.


24 February 2018 – Guild of One Name Studies ‘Accidents will happen’ seminar day

This took place near Worcester and focused on issues around health, safety and accidents and their value for family historians and genealogists. Mike spoke about the project, including outlining some tentative findings; his blog post here reflects on the day. For those on Twitter, #GuildAccidents will bring up a host of thoughts from the day.


15 November 2016 – York Transport Historians Group Workshop

Mike presented an introduction to the project and the idea of using crowd-sourcing to engage wide audiences at the ‘Making the Connections’ workshop, hosted by the York Transport Historians Group and supported by the NRM. To an audience of about 50 people Mike outlined the project’s aims and objectives, as well as the breadth of interests the project served.

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