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Saturday 01 December

Museum & Archives News

2013 - A Year of Significant progress

Over the last year significant progress has been made by the Museum & Archives Department. Over 900 items have now been entered onto the Modes computer database and the majority of items have also been photographed. Although many more items need to be added to the database, the system has already proved its worth when identifying suitable artefacts for inclusion in the interpretation of the Changing Trains building.

An inventory of Railway’s archive collection of pre-grouping and Southern documents has been completed. Funding has been secured to purchase new conservation-standard boxes and document pouches for the pre-grouping documents. An ongoing programme of purchases will eventually mean that all the Railway’s historic documents will be stored in conservation- standard boxes and acid-free document pouches to ensure their long-term survival.

The photographic collection continues to be worked on; the Railway has received a large quantity of photographic material over the last year, including a significant collection of photographs from the late J.T.Fraser. The photographic collection is just one of the Railway’s collections that has been enhanced by the acquisition of the Island-related railwayana, photographs and film that belonged to the late Ron Childs. We are always interested in transparencies, film of non-commercial material, particularly staff, signs, shipping, signalling, and interiors of buildings.

The ticket collection has been greatly enhanced by generous donations and targeted acquisitions.  We are still on the lookout for tickets to fill gaps in the collection, especially Southern Railway and Pre-grouping tickets and any tickets from the Freshwater and Bembridge lines. If you have any tickets that you would like to donate please contact the M&A Dept. at the Railway or by email at Please add 'Tickets' to the Subject line.

Further progress has been made on the gallery refurbishment, including new labels and new acquisitions being displayed. A significant new addition to the Gallery is the second nameplate from IWR 2-4-0T locomotive Ryde this has been loaned to the Railway by the Railway Correspondence and Travel Society. New displays are being planned for 2014 including a display of Isle of Wight Railway artefacts and archive material. The museum team are keen to hear from anyone who thinks they could help in the museum gallery, this could be helping putting in new displays, cleaning or even spending a few hours stewarding. If you think you could help the museum team in anyway please contact us.

Hundreds of new items over have been added to the Railway’s collection over the last year, including a large number of items purchased on internet auctions and donated to the Railway. In total over £1000 has been spent by members and supporters of the Department on purchasing items that have been donated to the Railway. The process and progress in cataloguing the various collections has enabled targeted purchases. The Museum & Archives Department would like to thank all those who have generously donated items.