National Archive of Railway Oral History


Frank Paterson interviewing Simon Osborne General Counsel, Rail track plc. 1994 - 2006. © NRM

The Britain’s Railway All Change Oral History Project (BRAC) is a collaborative venture launched in 2018 by the Friends of the National Railway Museum and the Retired Railway Officers Society. A team of volunteer interviewers have, so far, recorded the personal recollections of over 160 people directly involved between 1992 and 1997 in privatising Britains Railways. The interviews will be accessioned into the National Railway Museum’s permanent collection as a lasting resource documenting the revolution which changed , in five years ,the oligarth British Rail into over 100 private companies. They will add to over 750 interviews about life on the railways recorded by the Friends over the last 20 years for the National Archive of Railway Oral History.


These recordings are available to listen to in the National Railway Museum Search Engine, and are relevant to scholars, historians, political scientists, researchers in management and leadership and anyone with an interest in the contemporary railway.


NAROH interview with

Frank Paterson


You can find out more and search the interviews here on the Science Museum Group’s Collection Online website.


To research and listen to the recordings, contact the Search Engine team to plan a visit to the dedicated library and archive centre. Please provide at least two weeks' notice so they have time to prepare the oral history files ahead of your visit.


Since 1977 over £1.8m has been raised by FNRM (Friends of the National Railway Museum) initiatives to support over 60 museum projects in the following categories :- Locomotives – Carriages - Artefacts and Archives.

The National Railway Museum acknowledges that the scale and range of the projects have made a significant unique contribution to the expansion of the museums offer to the public over the last 43 years. The cash has come from Members subscriptions , Trading , Outreach activities, Public Appeals, Partnerships, Lottery Awards, Legacies and Donations.


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