These remarkable photographs show the changing face of York Railway Station.
They are from the archives at the National Railway Museum, which is preparing a dynamic new exhibition which will showcase the changing architectural history of some of Britain’s most iconic stations.
Destination Stations is a free-entry collection that takes visitors on a journey through the evolving architectural history of Britain’s railway stations, chronologically exploring their changing roles and appearances.
National Railway Museum, York YO26 4XJ
Sept 25 – Jan 24
Taking over from the successful Playing Trains exhibition, it’s the latest in a series of dynamic, temporary exhibitions situated in the museum’s gallery space.
Broken into four key periods, the exhibition tracks the development of railway stations over time including the rudimentary stopping points of the 1800s, the Victorian architectural masterpieces which coincided with the railway boom, the functional passenger hubs of the 20th century and the iconic modern-day stations which combine rich architectural heritage with the needs of the 21st century.
The exhibition has been curated and designed to offer an impressive visual experience which echoes the architectural impact and sheer scale of some of the UK’s most recognisable stations.
It features striking images and items from the museum’s extensive collection, including architectural fragments, paintings, models and photographs from across history alongside loaned artefacts from key architectural archives.
There are also exciting new digital features such as computer-generated flythroughs and interviews which explore the modern station’s future as a desirable leisure destination for people who are constantly on the move.
Ellen Tait, interpretation developer at the NRM, said:
I’m sure the public will be fascinated by the range of unusual artefacts and beautiful objects that offer us new insights into the history of the nation’s stations.