Friends of the NATIONAL rAILWAY MUSEUM Christmas films & BUFFET DINNER
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Welcome to Friends of the National Railway Museum. Friends is an independent charity established in 1977 to support the National Railway Museum. We have raised £1.8m to date in support of the museum in funding, restorations, exhibits & acquisitions of new artefacts. We also support & promote research & educational projects relating to the history & development of railways.

The National Railway Museum opening times are Wednesday–Sunday, 10.00–17.00. 

See the Christmas opening dates here. Please note the museum is closed on 24, 25 and 26 December. 

 
FRIENDS OF THE NATIONAL RAILWAY MUSEUM HELPING TO PRESERVE 
BRITAIN'S RAILWAY HERITAGE
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"The Friends of the National Railway Museum are part of the lifeblood of our museum. Since 1977 they have championed and supported the work of the museum, from funding the restoration of internationally important locomotives, to helping to acquire historical objects that might otherwise be lost. Friends’ contributions can be seen and enjoyed throughout our museum, but they are also a big part of supporting our future vision, to transform our museums and to engage future generations with the wonder of engineering on the railways and beyond".

Judith McNicol, Director of the National Railway Museum

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Membership to the Friends of the National Railway Museum brings the satisfaction of being involved in preserving, displaying and interpreting the best of Britain's heritage 

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Book orders, plaques and more Great prices, fast delivery and friendly, helpful customer service

 

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The latest #news from Friends and the National Railway Museum

 

The NRM have a whole host of free festive activities in store to keep your little ones entertained this winter:

FREE EVENT

DATE: 18 December 2021 - 3 January 2022

LOCATION: Across the museum

 

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About Friends of the National Railway Museum 

Friends was formed in 1977 to support the National Railway Museum. We help to fund the restoration of exhibits in the National Collection, the acquisition of new artefacts, and other projects that would otherwise not be possible

Benefits of becoming a Friends of the NRM

Opportunities to travel, on steam specials all over the country (eg Flying Scotsman) with our on-board shopping trolley

Discounts in the Museum’s shops, restaurants and car park

 Annual trips to overseas railway museums and       railway-related attractions 

 A quarterly magazine, NRM Review, which             carries information relating to the Museum and     articles on a variety of railway topics (with a     supplement, Half Fare, for younger members)

Friends of the NRM support and promote research and educational projects relating to the history and development of railways

Friends of the NRM have raised £1.8 million for the museum. Find out more here

About the National Railway Museum

The National Railway Museum in York has the largest collection of railway objects in the world and attracts more than 700,000 visitors per year

The collection includes over 260 locomotives and rolling stock, 600 coins and medals as well as railway uniform and costume, equipment, documents, records, artwork and photographs

The National Railway Museum forms part of the Science Museum Group, along with the Science Museum in London, the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester, the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford and Locomotion in Shildon

The National Railway Museum’s vast art collection comprises over 11,000 posters, 2,300 prints and drawings, 1,000 paintings, and 1,750,000 photographs

How can engineering help us go faster, reach new heights and save lives? Find out as you explore Great Hall and discover the creative ideas that have transformed how we travel. This video will help you prepare for your visit, and show you things to look out for and discuss.

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Friends office open on Mondays, Wednesdays & Thursdays

09.00 - 15.30

 

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Vision 2025 will transform the National Railway Museum, York, and Locomotion in Shildon. The National Railway Museum is on a six-year journey to become a global engineering powerhouse and a reinvented, inspiring 21st-century attraction.

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With this investment, the transformed museums will show the cutting-edge innovations shaping our world today—alongside the extraordinary birth and growth of the railways.

By celebrating the past, present and future of railways and engineering, the National Railway Museum will capture the hearts and minds of the next generation of engineers, innovators and thinkers.

The world's railway museum will be a place to tell the remarkable, ground-breaking engineering stories of Britain’s railways and how our country changed the way the world travelled, explored, worked and transported goods.

Play your part in railway history. Vision 2025 requires the support of generous individuals, businesses and charitable trusts to become a museum for the world. 

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Michael Wallace Essay Competition

Michael Wallace, MBE, the Friends late lamented Honorary Secretary retired in 1992 as Deputy Head of Ripon Grammar School after 34 years teaching there. He was a life member of Friends of the National Railway Museum (FNRM) from the beginning and between 1992 to his death in 2018 he devoted his skills and a large part of his time to our organisation.

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On Early Shift’, iconic poster. 1948 painting by Terence Cuneo
On Early Shift’, iconic poster. 1948 painting by Terence Cuneo

Art collection. On display at the National Railway Museum. You might enjoy reading Signal Box Dreams by John Swanwick

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Bullion box and lead shot from the Great Train Robbery of 1855 Science Museum Group Collection © The
Bullion box and lead shot from the Great Train Robbery of 1855 Science Museum Group Collection © The

This bullion box is from the first great train robbery. A shipment of gold was stolen from a guards’ van on a South Eastern Railway (SER) train running from London to the south coast, where it met a ferry bound for France. The crime was discovered in Paris, when bank staff realised that thieves on board the train had replaced the gold with lead shot. As a result of the robbery the SER built special bullion vans to avoid carrying gold in guards’ vans.

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Michael Wallace Essay Competition
Michael Wallace Essay Competition

Michael Wallace, MBE, the Friends late lamented Honorary Secretary retired in 1992 as Deputy Head of Ripon Grammar School after 34 years teaching there. He was a life member of Friends of the National Railway Museum (FNRM) from the beginning and between 1992 to his death in 2018 he devoted his skills and a large part of his time to our organisation.

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