Find out more about about Pakistan Railways locomotive SP/S 3157 and the role it played in Partition, from our wonderful colleagues at Museum of Science and Industry http://bit.ly/2HBKqIW
We're having a bit of a face lift this week! The works won't get in the way of looking at our wonderful objects, but you might have to use your cunning problem-solving skills getting into and around some parts of the museum. If you find that one of our entrances is closed, fear not! We are open 10am-6pm all week, but you might have to walk down the road to another entrance. We'll show you what we've been up to next week...
Did you know we have the oldest working model railway in the world! The model was built in 1912 for the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway to be used at a signalling school at Victoria Station in Manchester.
The model was used until 1995 to train railway workers in the rules and regulations of railway signalling. Since 2003 it has been restored to working order by a team of dedicated volunteers and today it’s still doing what it was designed to do, teach people how to signal trains.
Tomorrow (Saturday 14th) we will have the Lancashire & Yorkshire School of Signalling hosting demonstrations at 11:00, 11:30, 12:00, 2:30 and 3:00. Make sure if you’re paying us a visit you don’t miss this!
So the future of cars... is rail? 🤩
From York to Sierra Leone, A tale of two railway museums.
Read our latest blog about our relationship with the National Railway Museum in Freetown, Sierra Leone from our brilliant curator, Anthony Coulls.
One small journey but a great step for rail travel with Eurostar.
Looking for exciting days out? Why not visit our beautiful city!
This poster was produced for the London & North Eastern Railway (LNER) to promote rail travel to York, ‘centre of a glorious holiday district’ in 1924. We might be biased, but it's still glorious so come pay us a visit! #onlyinYork
We've got so much for you to enjoy together this Easter break, including the chance to make your own paper model Flying Scotsman. See who can build theirs the quickest, team up to take on the challenge together or let the littlest of hands show the adults how it's done. Book your place to find the time best for you here: http://nrm.org.uk/planavisit/events/make-your-own-scotsman
We're open 10am-6pm all Easter weekend, so come and take part in our hands-on activities. http://nrm.org.uk/planavisit/events/easter-family-fun
To find out more about York Central and the National Railway Museum's vision for the future, join Tom Devine tonight at the museum for a free presentation 6.00pm - 6.30pm. This session is repeated on Wednesday 4 April at the same time. Book your place here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/york-central-the-national-railway-museums-vision-for-the-future-tickets-44255523462
There's so much to do in York that you simply cannot do anywhere else. Marvel at the largest expanse of stained glass in the UK at York Minster, find the only Halifax WWII Bomber in Europe at Yorkshire Air Museum, see a 1000 year old sock at JORVIK Viking Centre,and of course marvel at the world's fastest steam locomotive, Mallard, at our museum. What are your favourite #OnlyInYork experiences?
Forget your Easter egg hunt, it’s time to become a treasure hunter! Download our new app, battle against your friends and family and create a tour of the museum that will change with every game.
Free and quick to download, you can even continue the fun at home and find connections between items our collections and objects you use every day.
The National Railway Museum is planning a complete transformation that would see the museum become the cultural heart of York Central - one of the UK's largest brownfield regeneration sites. Have your say and help shape the future proposals at http://www.yorkcentral.info or visit a special exhibition starting tomorrow in the museum's gallery (running March 21 - April 27)
Today is Flying Scotsman’s first official journey of 2018, where it will travel from London Kings Cross to Scarborough. If you’re hoping to catch a glimpse of the World’s most famous steam locomotive, please do it from a safe distance.
For more information on Flying Scotsman’s touring schedule please visit http://www.flyingscotsman.org.uk/events/scotsman-on-the-tracks/
Photo credit: Liam Barnes
Feast your eyes on the latest installment from the Sir Nigel Gresley overhaul https://blog.nrm.org.uk/sir-nigel-gresley-overhaul-update-26/
If you didn't get to see Tim Peake's Spacecraft at the museum, take a look at it in 360 here: https://kuula.co/post/7ldv9
Being the top ALVA visitor attraction in Yorkshire is great, and it's even better when the wonderful York Minster is second! Can you see us waving from here, neighbour?
We’re excited to be launching a new app! Specially created for the Science Museum Group by Aardman Animations, Treasure Hunters is free to download and taking part is as easy as taking a photo.
Accept challenges, find fascinating objects and create your own unique tour of the museum! Find out more on the blog.
Catch one of our many demonstrations, talks, shows and workshops this Easter. Discover the inner workings of a locomotive and the story of early rail innovators in a new workshop! http://www.nrm.org.uk/planavisit/events/easter-family-fun
Work together to craft your own paper Flying Scotsman model with us this Easter. Book your ticket now to choose a time to suit you. http://www.nrm.org.uk/planavisit/events/make-your-own-scotsman
Congratulations to Peterborough Cathedral for winning our competition to host Tim Peake's Spacecraft in August. You can now see the incredible capsule alongside Tim Peake's spacesuit at Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester.
Meanwhile we'll be getting the turntable back to it's usual state this week in time for Easter, when you can enjoy our daily turntable demonstrations once again!
Did you miss Tim Peake's Spacecraft's visit to our museum? Take a trip across the Pennines to the Museum of Science and Industry from 10 March. Keep up-to-date with the installation of the capsule on their live blog: https://blog.msimanchester.org.uk/tim-peakes-spacecraft-live
Join us for three weeks of Easter fun at the museum, 24 March - 15 April. We'll ignite your curiosity and get you thinking about engineering in brand new ways. http://www.nrm.org.uk/planavisit/events/easter-family-fun
Could the Millenium Falcon survive re-entry? Museum of Science and Industry are glad you asked! https://blog.msimanchester.org.uk/millennium-falcon-re-entry/
We are saddened by the news of the death of Sir William McAlpine.
A true Railway enthusiast and his name will be forever synonymous with the rescue of Flying Scotsman in 1973 and the establishment of the Railway Heritage Trust. We send our condolences to his family and friends.
Did Tim Peake take a photo of where you live from the International Space Station? Find out with this interactive map. https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2016/jun/15/astronaut-tim-peake-photos-of-earth-interactive-map
Please note that Great Hall will be closing at 3pm on Thursday 8 March to allow for the safe and speedy take off of Tim Peake's Spacecraft. Station Hall will be open for your enjoyment until 6pm.
Happy 10th Birthday Search Engine! We're celebrating the milestone of our fantastic research and archive facility.
To commemorate the occasion, our kitchen recreated a cake recipe from the father of the railways,George Stephenson's, very own cook book dating back from the 1840's.
The National Railway Museum is open today - we sell a range of hot drinks and have the heating turned on, so come and visit us.
The countdown is on.... Space Descent VR with Tim Peake leaves the museum on 6 March and Tim Peake's Spacecraft blasts off on 8 March. Experience them both while you still can! Presented by Samsung and the Science Museum Group http://www.nrm.org.uk/planavisit/events/soyuz
The principles of fueling a locomotive are the same as fueling a rocket, but coal isn't much use! Find out more about hypergolic fuels and the chemistry of a rocket launch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IcjYdEW_HLQ&feature=youtu.be
Have you seen our new exhibition, Highlights? It features the George Cross medal that was awarded posthumously to train driver Wallace “Wally” Oakes who stayed aboard a burning locomotive cab to prevent a serious accident.
The bravery and quick thinking of Wallace on June 5, 1965 saved the lives of hundreds of passengers on the West Coast Mainline at Winsford outside Crewe.
You can find the medal and the exhibition on Search Engine balcony in Great Hall.
Are you up-to-date on the Sir Nigel Gresley overhaul? https://blog.nrm.org.uk/sir-nigel-gresley-overhaul-update-25/
Our half term Mission: Space activities might be over, but the fun certainly isn't! Tim Peake's Spacecraft is in residence until 8 March, and Space Descent VR is with us until 6 March. Don't forget - we're open until 6pm! Find out more online. http://www.nrm.org.uk/planavisit/events/soyuz
Tomorrow is our final day of our half term Mission: Space
From live interactive science shows and the Immersive Experiences planetarium, to getting up close to icons like Mallard and Replica Stephenson's Rocket. Not forgetting Tim Peake's Spacecraft, of course! Presented by Samsung and Science Museum Group, there is fun for all the family!
Just two more days of our fantastic half term activities! Our Mission Patches workshop allows you to create your own mission patch to transform your outfit into a spacesuit!
Look at these guys creating their Mission Patches. Are they the astronauts of the future? #missionspace
The UK Scouts Association, in partnership with Arriva group train company CrossCountry, have launched a new animated film aimed at showing children the importance of acting safely near railway lines and we love it.
Along with our half term activities suitable for older children - like Space Descent VR - there's a whole heap of fun for little ones. Under 6's can create their own space-themed tale in Imagination Station, our Miniature Railway is perfect for all ages (even Mum and Dad!), under 2's ride free on our Steam Rides and there's always all the fun of our play areas to let off steam. Open until 6pm all week.
Worried about keeping a teenager entertained this half term? Space Descent VR will take them on a 360 virtual reality adventure from the #ISS back to Earth, using the latest Samsung Gear VR. There's also free wifi throughout the museum! http://www.nrm.org.uk/planavisit/events/space-descent-vr
There's so much to do at the museum this half term. From our live interactive science shows and the Immersive Experiences planetarium, to getting up close to icons like Mallard and Replica Stephenson's Rocket. Not forgetting Tim Peake's Spacecraft, of course! Presented by Samsung and Science Museum Group.
Tim Peake completed almost 4 years of astronaut training, but we’ll get you mission-ready in just one visit to the museum. Test your coordination in our hands-on Astronaut Training School challenge, taking place 11am-3pm every day during half term. Find out more at http://www.nrm.org.uk/planavisit/events/mission-space