Transport Museum: Attraction, Exhibition and a Site of Research

William Law - Mar 26, 2007
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Some transport historians have long thought of museums as a suitable place in which to ply their craft. The late Jack Simmons, founding co-editor of The Journal of Transport History, was a passionate advocate of the educational benefits of transport museums and in 1970 published what for many years was the only book in English on the subject. In the 1960s he was largely responsible for the journal's ventures into museum reviewing, a practice recently revived after a lengthy period in abeyance. At least one other leading history journal, Technology and Culture, regularly reviews exhibitions of transport, travel and mobility. Nor is this all; at least one article critically analysing the representation of the past on heritage railways has been published in this journal in the last few years ...

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