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People, Pride and Progress

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.

Get involved

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.

Would you like to get involved in our mission to preserve these LGBTQIA+ histories? Please volunteer with us!

We are looking for people 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. No prior experience is required. All volunteers will receive relevant training delivered by the British Library/Oral History Society.

Please send any queries or expressions of interest to Ashlynn at PeoplePrideProgress@railwaymuseum.org.uk.

Roles now available

Here are our current opportunities:

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Important dates:

  • If interested, we'd love to hear from and arrange an online meeting for you to learn more by Sunday 14 April.
  • Training days (remote or in-person): Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 May (if you cannot attend both these dates, there will be two further rounds of recruitment).

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