Discuss the range of activities involved in working on the railways in the long nineteenth century, and how these changed during the period covered by the course.
Assess representations of working lives on the railways and railway artefacts and discuss how they relate to wider questions of class, gender, and professional identity.
Explore written and oral material on workers’ lives within the appropriate historical and material contexts.
Perform searches in the online resources of the National Railway Museum and other archives for material relevant to railway history and workers’ lives.
On this course, you will investigate the professional lives of the men and women working on the British railways from the 1840s until the First World War.
Using archival materials from the National Railway Museum, you will learn about the mental and physical hardship endured by railway workers, as well as the risks and pleasures that came with working in this new industry.
From Irish Catholic navvies to female office clerks based in industrial cities, you will discover the surprising diversity and complexity of the railway workforce.
This course is designed for anyone with an interest in railway history and heritage, working-class history and culture, industrial heritage, the Victorian period, or museums and their holdings.