After completing a degree in History at the University of Durham and having done volunteering in a wide range of museums, I studied for an MA in Museum Studies at Newcastle University. I then spent three years working in the Learning and Public Programmes team at the National Railway Museum in York. In conjunction with the National Railway Museum and Keele University I was awarded a Collaborative Doctoral Award to study for a PhD, beginning in September 2014.
Research and scholarship
My thesis explores the idea of the ‘railway family’ from 1900 to 1948. It examines the ways in which railway companies and trade unions created, maintained and extended the idea to draw railwaymen and their non-working family members into a wider railway community, and the ways in which these three distinct groups reacted to and adapted the idea for their own benefit. It particularly focuses on the role of women within the idea of the ‘railway family’, including their representation within railway company magazines and as members of trade union auxiliaries.