The National Railway Museum is embarking on a new project to record the stories and memories of the LGBTQIA+ community in a new oral history archive.
This initiative is funded and made possible thanks to the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the players of the National Lottery, ASLEF LGBTQIA+ Network and the Friends of the National Railway Museum.
Aims and objectives
The project has been instigated by, carried out and guided by members of the LGBTQIA+ community. The project is coordinated by Ashlynn Welburn (she/her), Archivist at the National Railway Museum.
Much of the LGBTQIA+ community’s experience is preserved now only in the memories of those who lived it. This project aims to connect past, present and future through intergenerational interviews. It offers opportunities for colleagues across all parts of the rail industry to connect, reflect on and learn from each other’s lived experiences while creating an archive of oral history interviews.
This new archive will be permanently preserved in the collections of the Science Museum Group (SMG), ensuring LGBTQIA+ history is preserved, understood and shared for audiences now and in the future.
If this project sounds of interest to you, we’d love to hear from you.
Stay up to date
To stay up to date about developments and opportunities that arise, please join our mailing list—just pop an email to PeoplePrideProgress@railwaymuseum.org.uk. We will only send out very occasional emails about major milestones and opportunities.
Do you have stories to share?
Do you have an LGBTQIA+ connection and substantial experience in any aspect of the railway industry—passenger and freight operating companies, supply chain, maintenance, policy, infrastructure, or other parts of the industry? Are you happy to chat with us about the past, share life stories, memories, and reflect on personal experiences in an audio recording with our volunteers? If you are happy to share these memories and experiences, it would be great to hear from you.
Please volunteer with us!
We are planning to recruit a further 20 volunteers in 2024 who have a personal connection to the community and are part of the railway family. You must have started your career post-privatisation, be happy to share memories and experiences and be prepared to lead and conduct recordings. All volunteers will receive fully funded introductory and advanced training, delivered by the British Library/Oral History Society to develop skills in oral history: planning and preparing for, conducting, and managing interviews.
If this sounds of interest, we can add you to a mailing list to receive project updates and notice of recruitment rounds. Please send any queries or expressions of interest to Ashlynn at PeoplePrideProgress@railwaymuseum.org.uk
Roles now available
We are now recruiting for volunteer positions.
- Volunteer Vacancy Information Pack: People, Pride and Progress Oral History Volunteer (Word)
- Volunteer Application Form (Word)
- Applications will close at 23.00 on Sunday 14 April 2024
- Interviews for the role will be held on the weeks commencing 15 and 22 April 2024
- Training sessions for the role are due to take place on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 May 2024
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