Focus on railways

Dr Carlos Galvis of the Institute of Historical Research addressed the Senate House Library Friends on ‘Transport Collections in the Goldsmiths’ Library’, and supported the talk with a display from the Library’s works on railways. It was a good chance to showcase a topic that has been a strength of the Goldsmiths’ Library of Economic Literature ever since it entered the University of London in 1903, and one that become still stronger with subsequent purchases – most notably from the collection of the railway engineer John Urpeth Rastrick, the first part of which was purchased in 1908. The appreciation of the Friends at seeing Bradshaw timetables, early tourist guides based on use of the railways, and railway reports was warming: ‘we all gathered around the exhibition admiringly afterwards. THANKS so much from the Friends’.

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