It is always rather satisfying when a project that you have been working on for some time ends and you can see all the hard work that has gone into it.
A recent rather large and sometimes complicated project has been to rescan and in some cases scan for the very first time, a large selection of slides and negatives, that are going towards a new book to be published on the tramways of Portugal.
In 2015 we are shining a spot light on how our tramways continued to operate during the First World War. We have a brand new exhibition for visitors to explore, called Tramway Tommies and Clippie Girls and a week long special event in July.
Readers of our Blog will have seen that for the last few months we've been posting regular updates on this years overhaul work that has taken place with our Blackpool & Fleetwood 'Box' 40 tramcar. The project has been a joint one between ourselves the National Tramway Museum, and Blackpool Transport Services, who have had the tramcar on long term loan for a number of years. The project has been generously supported by a number of sponsors including the Flyde Transport Society, Dorlec Limited, Scotts Heavy Haulage and the Friends of 40 group.
I spent an enjoyable couple of days out last week visiting Blackpool and Birmingham. I was in Blackpool first with some of our Workshop team, looking at Blackpool & Fleetwood tramcar no.40, and then Birmingham the following day to see Midland Metro tramcar no.11 launched back into service after it recent livery change.
Blackpool & Fleetwood tramcar no.40, or Box 40 as it is also know, has been on long term loan to Blackpool Transport for more than seventeen years and can still be seen processing along the sea front as part of the heritage tram weekends.
It’s all go again here at the Museum, as we’re loaning out another one of our trams, which will make it three so far this year! This time we are taking Southampton 45 to Kimberley in Nottinghamshire, for an event to celebrate the centenary of the opening of the Notts & Derby tramway.
Originally planned as a tramway system that would cover nearly 79 miles, it eventually ended up being less than 15miles when the tramway opened in 1913.
The count down is on, only a few more days to go before Chesterfield horse tram no. 8 takes a little trip down memory lane, as it returns to Chesterfield for the first Chesterfield Arts Festival being held from Thursday 2nd May – Monday 6th May 2013. The tram will be on display in Rykeld Square, outside the Visitor Information Centre on Saturday 4th May from 10am – 4pm.
The Curatorial Department receives a number of requests throughout the year for copies of images from our photographic collections. These requests can be for personal use, often as presents for people who grew up in an area where the photograph was taken, or for commercial purposes for use in a publication.
I thought I would tell you about a recent request which I’ve just finished work on, as it’s a bit different in that nearly all the images were of buses not trams!