department responsible for the railways, the Board of Trade, had been investigating some of
these casualties since the 1890s, to find out what happened and to make recommendations
to improve safety in the future. These reports are a fantastic resource, giving plenty of
detail about who was involved and working practices, as well as what happened. But it’s
often difficult to get hold of these reports, or even to find out what they contain.
Railway Museum (NRM), the ‘Railway Work, Life & Death’ project started to try to make
these records more accessible and see what we could learn from them.
for the years 1911-15 (when the reports were temporarily stopped as a result of the war).
They have done fantastic work, reading each report, extracting the key information and
placing this in a spreadsheet. With the details standardised in a spreadsheet, they become
easily searchable, making the information more accessible and useable
One of the hopes of the project was that it would be of interest to a variety of audiences – including family historians, social historians and the general public. So, now that they’ve released some data, they would like some feedback. Please take a look and offer any feedback you want to share through their website.
Mike will be speaking at our seminar, entitled “Accidents will Happen”, in Abberley, Worcestershire next February.
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