Rosebay Willowherb: The Alternative Archive of a Railway Accident

This week’s blog post comes from project friend and champion, Catherine Clarke. Catherine’s support has been tremendously helpful – so we were really pleased when she contacted us to offer this story. We didn’t know how moving it would be, but it is tremendously affective. Catherine demonstrates the lasting impact of a railway accident, and […]

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Godfrey Elliott Linegar and Alfred Linegar

This blog post was produced by University of Portsmouth History student Jenny Leng, as part of her work on the ‘Working with the Past’ module. The module asks students to work in groups on projects and to determine how they will present their findings; it gives them experience outside traditional degree work that will help […]

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Of Strikes, Safety & Solidarity!

Today railway members of the RMT union started the first of 3 days of strike action. This will be hugely disruptive to a great many people, so it’s not an action that’s been taken lightly – strike action never is. It makes huge demands: you need to carry the affected people with you and focus […]

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The Oakworth Anti-Vaccinator’s Railway Accident

One of the great things about this project is that it takes us in all sorts of unexpected directions. That includes the research and topics we’re exposed to – as in today’s guest blog post: another surprise that the apparently mundane topic of railway accidents has thrown up. There’s another aspect to the directions the […]

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Death on the Railway in Victorian Peterborough

This week’s guest post links nicely to last week’s, with its focus on Peterborough. Peterborough offers a great window onto death in the past, thanks to the survival of coroner’s inquest records – currently being used in her innovative and very exciting PhD study by this week’s author, Sophie Michell. This blog post comes from […]

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James Spridgeon, Railway Platelayer: Accidentally Killed in 1880

This week’s blog post came about following a talk Mike gave at the U3A Family History Conference in Buxton in September 2019. Mike had a number of interesting conversations, including with this week’s guest author, Rosie Rowley. They discussed a case Rosie had found from her family history, also notable for the fact that the […]

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Railway Accident at Ivybridge Devon 1917

We’re delighted to welcome Sandra Gittens back to the project blog this week. Sandra is known for her research on – amongst others – the railways of the First World War. In the course of that work she’s uncovered a number of accidents to railway staff on military duty overseas, many of which she’s already […]

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