- Conservation Studio
- Engineering Workshops
The National Railway Museum (NRM) is the world’s largest railway museum and has extensive collections of vehicles, artefacts, archives, photographs and works of art. To care for them we call on the skills of a specialist team of conservators and engineers.
Our recent projects have included the conservation of a 1906 North Eastern Railway dynamometer car, used to record locomotive performance, and the Great Northern Railway locomotive Henry Oakley, built in 1898. Among other tasks we prepare objects for exhibition and loan, and carry out ongoing maintenance of working collections, such as station clocks. The department is also active in preventive conservation, monitoring and maintaining stable environments in galleries and stores, undertaking regular ‘housekeeping’ and operating an integrated pest management system.
The NRM conservators form part of the wider Science Museum Group conservation team. Our remit includes providing help and advice to fellow curators and conservators, museums, preserved railways and members of the public. We have an active volunteer programme and also offer placements and internships for students and recently qualified practitioners.