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Latest Photographic Collection Project

February 17th, 2015

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.

Recruitment Tramcar for 2015

January 28th, 2015

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.

Out and about with Box 40 and Blackpool 167

July 23rd, 2014

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.

What is the Link?

May 6th, 2014
LCC 106 is currently in our Workshop undergoing a major overhaul and the tramcar is planned to be back in service later during the 2014 season. A major overhaul has just been completed on Sheffield 510, and it can be seen on the Museum street being tested in preparation for its planned debut back into passenger service, on 17th May.

Out and About with the Curator

August 28th, 2013

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.

Can You Help?

August 13th, 2013

The Curatorial department receives quite a few enquiries each month, covering all manner of things, and so I thought I would use Curator’s Choice this month to see if anyone can help with a recent enquiry I’ve received about identifying an object.

Highlight from the Collection

June 28th, 2013

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.

Chesterfield Horse Tram – Going Home

April 30th, 2013

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.

Not Trams But Buses!

March 26th, 2013

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!

Online Catalogue - Archive Photos

February 15th, 2013
February’s Curator’s choice is a bit more of a help feature this month. A few people have been asking recently how to access our Archive photographs in the new Adlib Online Catalogue. The catalogue is quite a bit different to our old version, so here are a few instructions to get you started.
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