As part of #LoveYourRailway #Heritage week we posed these five quick fire questions to our Learning & Archive teams to find out the fundamental facts about the wonderful world of Archives.

What is an archive?

An archive is a collection or collections of historical documents, images, objects and records providing information about a place, organisation, or group of people. The NYMR Archive contains around eight and a half thousand railway artefacts.

Where is the archive?

The archive is housed in a modern, purpose-built, archive room with full climate and storage condition control in the Learning Centre on Platform 2, Pickering Station.

Why have the archive?

As a fully accredited museum with the Museum Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) the Archive Department are committed to collecting material relating to the history of the railways in the operating territory of the North Eastern Railway; in particular material relating to the Whitby and Pickering Railway and to other railways of the North York Moors area, from the start of the railway era to the Beeching period (circa 1825-1960s), and preserving ephemera, publications, photographs, documents and any other objects that tell the story of the NYMR and the Whitby & Pickering Railway.

How is it run?

It is run by a dedicated volunteer team who not only maintain the collections but regularly support members of the public, university students, authors and historians with their research enquiries. Working with the Learning Department we also create pop-up exhibitions during the running season.

When can I visit?

The Archive is staffed on Thursdays and Saturdays. To make an enquiry or book a visit please contact [email protected] in the first instance.

Thank you to the Volunteers and Staff from the Learning & Archive teams.

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