A new thought-provoking exhibition, A Railway at War, opens at STEAM – Museum of the Great Western Railway on 22 August.
It marks the centenary of the start of World War One and displays rare wartime photographs, memorabilia and objects.
Felicity Jones, Assistant Curator at STEAM said: “This exhibition follows not only the men who went to fight but also the men and women who were left behind and continued to be employed by the Great Western Railway in many different roles. We hope it will give visitors some fascinating insights into how war changed the way of life of the GWR and its employees – forever.
“In a time of enormous change, women became the new workforce while the men went away to fight. From munitions work, to transportation, including building specialist carriages, the railways had a major part to play.”
Felicity Jones and Elaine Arthurs with one of the exhibition story boards. Photo by Richard Wintle calyxpix.com
One of the highlights of the new exhibition is the newly framed Roll of Honour, on display for the first time at STEAM. The Roll of Honour lists the employees who died during the war. There will also be a selection of images on display, including the unveiling of the brass war memorial tablets for Nos. 3, 15, 18 and 19d shops in the Carriage and Wagon Works at Swindon (pictured below).
STEAM is open every day, 10.00 am – 5.00 pm.
For more details visit the STEAM website at www.steam-museum.org.uk or you can call the Museum on 01793 466637.