A lovely chat with Ingrow Museum of Rail Travel

Children looking out of the window of an old train carriage

Children exploring a third-class train carriage at Ingrow

I’m putting together an article about how venues can improve their Museums at Night event listings: it’s not always easy to make a 100 word description of what you’re offering sound exciting.

What started out as a quick phonecall asking exactly what would be on display at the Vintage Carriages Trust’s Ingrow Museum of Rail Travel during their late opening turned into a really fascinating chat about all the films and TV programmes that the museum’s engines and carriages have featured in, from The Railway Children, made 40 years ago, to The Hours, starring Nicole Kidman, to Cranford, the BBC costume drama that fascinated the whole country. 

Paul Holroyd, who’s the Filming Liaison Officer, has kept lots of behind-the-scenes photos and call sheets, and will be on hand throughout the evening to answer questions and share stories about the productions their trains have featured in – over 60 at the last count.

This is one of the lovely things about working with museums, galleries and heritage sites: learning about heritage and culture from passionate volunteers and enthusiasts!

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