News Release - Issued by The National Railway Museum
New exhibition Destination Stations at the National Railway Museum in York will showcase the changing architectural history of some of the UK’s most iconic railway stations
The National Railway Museum in York is looking ahead to Destination Stations, an upcoming exhibition which opens in September 2015. The free-entry exhibition will take visitors on a journey through the evolving architectural history of Britain’s railway stations, chronologically exploring the changing roles and appearances of some of the UK’s best-known stations throughout history.
Taking over from the great success of the recent Playing Trains exhibition, Destination Stations will be the latest in a series of dynamic, temporary exhibitions situated in the Museum’s Gallery space. Broken into four key periods, the exhibition will track the development of railway stations over time: from the rudimentary stopping points of the 1800s, the Victorian architectural masterpieces which coincided with the railway boom, the functional passenger hubs of the 20th century, through to the iconic modern-day stations which combine their rich architectural heritage with the needs of the 21st century railway.
The exhibition has been curated and designed to offer a dramatic, impressive visual experience which echoes the architectural impact and sheer scale of some of the UK’s most recognisable stations. It will feature striking images and items from the Museum’s extensive, world-class collection, including architectural fragments, paintings, models and photographs from across history, alongside loaned artefacts from key architectural archives across the country.
Items in the exhibition will be complemented by exciting new digital features such as computer-generated flythroughs and interviews which explore the modern station’s future as a desirable leisure destination for people who are constantly on the move.
Ellen Tait, Interpretation Developer at the National Railway Museum, who is leading the exhibition, said:
“This exhibition’s specialist focus on the architectural history of Britain’s railway stations is a new angle for the National Railway Museum, and the team has loved putting it together. Station architecture has undergone significant changes over time, from the earliest stations which were focused on trains rather than passengers to the luxury shops and restaurants that line the halls of stations like St. Pancras International today. I’m sure the public will be fascinated by the range of unusual artefacts and beautiful objects that offer us new insights into the history of the nation’s stations.”
Destination Stations runs from 25 September 2015 to 24 January 2016. For more information see nrm.org.uk/destination-stations
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