NO NEED TO ‘SEX UP’ HIS­TOR­I­CAL DIS­PLAY

Steam Railway (UK) - - Mailbag -

The re­cent re­jec­tion by the HLF of the NRM’s pro­posed £50 mil­lion re­vamp (or ‘Mas­ter­plan’, as it was termed) may in­deed be a ham­mer blow to those in charge at the York mu­seum, but there will, I sug­gest, be very lit­tle gnash­ing of teeth within the en­thu­si­ast com­mu­nity, and most of the gen­eral pub­lic prob­a­bly couldn’t care less! Rail­way en­thu­si­asts have, al­most uni­ver­sally, been less than im­pressed by the plans, which ap­peared to be aimed at chang­ing the mu­seum into some kind of Disney at­trac­tion or a sea­side ar­cade.

Per­haps we can get back to the NRM’s 1975 roots and see a sen­si­ble and his­tor­i­cal dis­play of the his­tory of Bri­tain’s rail­ways. Surely the lo­co­mo­tives should be tak­ing cen­tre stage, and while it seems to be the ‘in thing’ to ‘sex’ ev­ery­thing up these days, there is no need for such non­sense in a se­ri­ous his­tor­i­cal trans­port mu­seum.

Ian McCart, Toller­ton, York

THE CHAN­NEL IS­LANDS DO NOT DENY THE OC­CU­PA­TION, BUT I DON’T THINK THEY WOULD WEL­COME SOME­ONE IN A GER­MAN UNI­FORM MARCH­ING ALONG THEIR STREETS

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