Monthly Archives: April 2013

A great British view from the Scarborough Collections

A Victorian photograph from the Scarborough Collections is to feature in the popular ITV programme Rory Bremner’s Great British Views on Wednesday 8 May.

The image, by an unknown photographer and showing the South Bay thronged with boats, and a family making sandcastles in the foreground, will be shown in the second half of the programme during which presenter Rory Bremner visits Scarborough.

Joanna Lewis of Shiver TV, the production company behind Rory Bremner’s Great British Views, says: “The photo comes up as he’s talking about how Scarborough became a well-known holiday resort in the UK for Victorian holidaymakers after the railways were built.”

Scarborough Museums Trust Head of Collections Karen Snowden said: “This is a wonderful picture showing a Scarborough long gone – we were delighted to lend it to Shiver TV for this great series.”

Rory Bremner’s Great British Views can be seen on ITV at 2pm each weekday until 10 May. It follows the impressionist, satirist, and writer on a personal tour of the British Isles celebrating sweeping vistas of the rolling countryside, dramatic coastlines, historic buildings and architectural cityscapes.

Along the way, Rory immerses himself in the local culture finding out how the landscape is used today, learning about its surprising history and heritage, and its charming past and present inhabitants. He also unveils other vistas in the region, discovering plenty of unfamiliar facts about Britain and revealing the places that are close to his own heart.

The Scarborough Collections is the name given to all the museum objects acquired by the Borough of Scarborough over the years, now in the care of Scarborough Museums Trust. They are used by researchers including professional and amateur academics, freelance writers, television production companies and students studying art, costume design, geology, history and tourism.

40 years of celebration on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway

1 May 2013 and 3-12 May 2013

Spring sees the North Yorkshire Moors Railway reach the age of 40 and to celebrate this milestone, the NYMR has planned a special anniversary day and a 10 day festival to mark the occasion.

On the 01 May 1973 the Duchess of Kent travelled by special Royal Train to officially open the North Yorkshire Moors Railway between Grosmont and Pickering. With trains now also running through to Whitby, the railway has developed to become the world’s most popular heritage railway, visited and enjoyed by almost 350,000 people each year.

40 years to the day on Wednesday 01 May 2013, a special train will run from Whitby hauled by K1 2-6-0 No 62005. It is hoped that the newly over-hauled ‘Lambton, Hetton & South Joicey Colliery’ tank No 29 (one of the engines that worked the royal train in 1973) will double-head the train at Grosmont to make the picturesque journey along the line to Pickering. The fare for travel on and the special train is £40 and includes a special souvenir ticket signed by the original Royal Train crew, a glass of sparkling wine and a slice of celebration cake.

One of the original royal train drivers is Chris Cubitt who has been an active volunteer and member since the earliest days, and today is vice-chairman of the owning North York Moors Historical Railway Trust. He explains, “The 40th Anniversary day and festival that will follow is a great chance to celebrate everything that has helped the railway develop, during our first 40 years.”

The 10 day NYMR 40th Anniversary Festival will take place from Friday 3rd to Sunday 12th May and will focus on the locomotives that have contributed to the history of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. Highlights include a visit by LNER B1 No1306 ‘Mayflower’ and visits back home by the 62005 and J72 No 69023 ‘Joem’.

The home based fleet will be headed up by the 112mph record holding streamlined Pacific ‘Sir Nigel Gresley’ 60007, the fastest steam locomotive since World War 11, and the only other surviving B1 locomotive of 407 originally built, No 61264  – making a first special event appearance since the engine’s overhaul.

Philip Benham, General Manager said, “We believe this is the first time both surviving B1 locos have appeared together on a heritage railway. These were the very last class of steam locomotive to work the line for British Railways prior to closure in 1965, so should be an exciting spectacle to see.”

The Festival will also feature 3 LMS Black 5s, including 44871 and 45407, and the North Eastern Railway Saloon coach that featured as the “Old Gentleman’s Coach” from the 1970 film “The Railway Children” coupled up to ‘Joem’ (at a special supplement). Demonstration freight trains will run on various days throughout the event. There will be a chance to travel in style through the heart of the North York Moors including historic pre-war teak carriages, or passengers can upgrade to First Class Travel in recently refurbished compartment seats.

If all that wasn’t enough there will be a special Pie and Peas supper on the Esk Valley route to Battersby departing from Grosmont at 19.50 on Monday 6 May, which can be booked online www.nymr.co.uk. This is the perfect chance to sample the Railways new 40th Anniversary Ale and one of only a few times in 2013 to enjoy an NYMR steam journey on the Esk Valley Line. Scarborough & District Railway Modellers will be displaying a model railway exhibition in the Learning Centre on Platform 2 on the 11-12th May featuring Haymarket Cross (as seen in Hornby & BRM magazines) Rumbling Bridge, Heron Lane & Glengary.

Adult day rover tickets start from £23. Book your NYMR 40 Festival tickets online now www.nymr.co.uk. The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is open every day from 22nd March – 3rd November. For more information please call 01751 472508, book online www.nymr.co.uk or follow us on Twitter @NYMR and Facebook @North Yorkshire Moors Railway.

Watch the birdie at Scarborough Art Gallery

The ornithology section of the Scarborough Collections is the subject of the next store tour, which will take place on Tuesday 30 April.

Led by Scarborough Museums Trust  Vistor Services Assistant and keen birder Jim Middleton, the tour is entitled ‘Eggs, Extinctions and Endlings’.

“We’ll be looking through the ornithological collections at some tragic losses, both locally and globally, and what we can learn from these,” says Jim.

SMT_eggsThe Scarborough Collections is the name given to all the items accumulated by the Borough over the years, now in the care of Scarborough Museums Trust. Since it’s not possible to have all the thousands of items in the Collections on display at any one time, the public are welcome to visit and view them – and the easiest way to do that is by joining one of the regular and popular store tours.

They take place on the last Tuesday of each month, and last around an hour. Participants are asked to meet at Scarborough Art Gallery at 2pm before heading next door to Woodend Creative Workspace, where the Collections are housed in modern storage facilities in the basement.

Places on the tour cost £2 each, and are limited, so booking is recommended. To book, or for further information, please call the Art Gallery on 01723 374753.