Somerset and Dorset RailwayPosted on 09 Nov 2016
An exhibition and a range of arts performances will all be taking place at the museum on Saturday 19 November, 10.00 to 4.30 (arts performances from 2.00). This will be the final event of the Somerset & Dorset Railway's anniversary year. Admission to the museum and the performances on the 19 November will be FREE.
The end of an era came fifty years ago when the Somerset & Dorset Railway – the main line of which ran from Bath over the Mendips and through the Blackmore Vale to Bournemouth - finally closed. The Somerset & Dorset Railway Trust has been commemorating this anniversary throughout 2016 with a series of exhibitions, live performances, guided walks and cycle rides, illustrated talks and book signings.
The exhibition is part of the Trust's innovative and ambitious project marking the anniversary, supported by a £58,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The project has kept alive the spirit, history and heritage of the railway as a major cross country rail route, its importance to the communities through which it passed, and the social impact of its closure. The Trust has not simply been looking nostalgically backwards but has enthused and informed younger people and children who may have family connections or live along the line.
Curator of Memories
Artist Kate McStraw's stories enable audiences to connect with the beloved, lost - but not forgotten - Somerset & Dorset Railway. The curious travelling museum houses a collection of local histories from the glory days of the S&D, ready for you to explore. Find out about the Shillingstone Rose, the infamous Barber of Bath and the WWII Cover Girl, as the Curator of Memories shares her favourite stories with you! Audiences are then invited to ‘deposit’ their own S&D memories and to find out more about the other objects in the collection. See Kate’s website at www.museumofmemory.org. Performances will take place at 2.00 and again at 3.00.
The Quangle Wangle Choir
All aboard and hang on to your hats, folks - The Quangle Wangle Choir from Weymouth are coming! They will entertain you with a lively and informal programme of songs and poems about travel - especially by train. With a repertoire ranging from The Grateful Dead to Flanders and Swann, with many stops in between, there'll be something for everyone. Their interpretation of Flanders' and Swann's affectionate tribute to the great age of steam - The Slow Train - is not to be missed. Performances will take place at 2.30 and again at 3.30.
Rag & Bone
The Lost Railway is an outdoor show for all ages commemorating and celebrating the rich heritage of the Somerset & Dorset Railway and its closure. It features live music, lighting effects, moving imagery, songs and stories. Audiences watch, wander in and lose themselves in evocative sounds of the railway. Performance will take place at 4.30pm.
The Somerset & Dorset Railway Trust's travelling exhibition has been visiting locations throughout the Somerset and Dorset area through the year, engaging with communities to deliver a programme of events and activities, with support from local councils, heritage groups and societies. This project is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund through its Our Heritage grants programme. The exhibition has visited some thirty or more venues along the former Somerset & Dorset routes. Displays explore the impact of the railway on local communities from its development, through its working life, since closure and also highlight issues on the future use of the trackbed for public access, sustainable transport, railway restoration and local heritage. The exhibition displays will remain at the museum until the 29 November.