Last year we welcomed more than 947,000 people to the Museum. We were very lucky that so many of these visitors felt moved to donate to us. We raised over £690,000 from our generous visitors – and that money has gone towards conserving and showcasing our world class collection in Station Hall.
Station Hall houses some of the best-loved objects in the Museum, but until last year the space didn't do the collection justice. Thanks to donations from visitors we have completed a host of improvements to the Hall, bringing to life the stories of people travelling on the railways.
Join us to celebrate the railways
We're holding a fundraising fortnight this spring, to thank our visitors for their generosity and to ask for your support with our plans for 2014. While we receive some funding from the government, our grant has been reduced every year since 2010 and without the generosity of our visitors we would be unable to carry out essential improvements and activities, like the Station Hall redevelopment.
We are proud to be bringing railway heritage to life, and would really appreciate if you chose to support us by making a gift today:
You can also donate by text, by texting HERITAGE to 70300 to give £3.
The Science Museum Group (which the National Railway Museum is a part of) will receive 100% of your donation. You will be charged for one standard text message plus your donation. Always get the bill payers permission. If you don't want the National Railway Museum to contact you by text in future, add the words NO INFO (e.g. HERITAGE NO INFO) when texting your donation.
We'd like to invite you to a special evening event on Monday 3rd March from 6pm-9pm at the Museum.
Two of the exciting projects we are planning for 2014
Pullman Parlour carriage Topaz
Heyday of luxury travel
Our visitors have told us they’d like to get up close and personal with our collection, getting inside the carriages. We have a fantastic Topaz Pullman carriage and we want to allow our visitors to climb on board and experience first class travel.
Ellerman Lines 4-6-2 Merchant Navy Class
Sectioned steam locomotiveexplaining how locomotives work
Understanding how locomotives work is just one of the curious questions of our visitors. We have a large Merchant Navy class locomotive in the Great Hall, with cut away sections, although non of it moves. We want to make the loco easier to understand and with improved lighting, signage, and interactives we will be able to demonstrate the magic that goes on inside a steam loco - something many people will never see first-hand.