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!
Happy New Year from the Curatorial Department. So I have one New Year’s resolution for 2013 in relation to Curator’s Choice, and that is that there is at least one post every month for Curator’s Choice. I didn’t do very well last year so I’m going to try harder to keep you up to date on what we’re doing.
Hello! So I realised about a week ago that I’d missed my monthly post for last month. You could be forgiven for thinking oh well nothing much perhaps was going on during June, well far from it. In fact the last month has really all been about the TRAMS.
Now there’s no need to worry, I’ve not gone mad; there really is a very good reason why I’ve decided to talk about paper clips. They’re really not the innocent little metal fastening which always seem to be lurking at the bottom of your pencil pot.