Relishing the rail of yesteryear with Museum talks

04 February 2013

New for 2013, the Railway Reminiscences series, designed to give visitors an opportunity to get a closer look at some of rail history’s highlights, starts February 13 at The Workshops Rail Museum.

Held on the second Wednesday of every month from February to December, with the exception of school holiday periods, the sessions invite visitors to explore a rail topic with one of the Museum’s Curators, including the rare opportunity to handle collection items.

The one hour sessions starting at 10am are for anyone who can’t get enough of Queensland’s rich rail history, and are looking forward to hearing visitors share their rail tales.

Director of The Workshops Rail Museum Andrew Moritz said the team were looking forward to launching the new program.

“The Curatorial team are excited to be able to share our favourite areas of rail history with visitors who have an interest for this heritage topic,” Mr Moritz said.

“This series is also special from the perspective of visitors being able to don the white gloves and handle items from our vast rail collection, a practice that is uncommon.”

Depending on the topic, visitors will join Senior Curator Dr Geraldine Mate or Curator Mr David Mewes in the Railway Refreshment Room over a cuppa or in the Museum.

A ‘Great Railway Journeys of Australia’ theme focusing on iconic train routes and memories of long haul train trips on 13 February will start the series off, followed by Childhood Toys on 13 March and Refreshment Rooms on 8 May. Further dates and topics are available on the Museum’s website.

Bookings are not required for Railway Reminiscences and standard Museum entry prices apply. Entry is free for Museum Annual Pass Members.

The Workshops Rail Museum, part of the Queensland Museum Network, is winner of Australian and Queensland Tourism Awards for Heritage & Cultural Tourism.

For further information and ticket prices, phone (07) 3432 5100 or visit www.theworkshops.qm.qld.gov.au.

Museum Media Contact: Glenn Price | Ph: 3432 5100 or 0407 128 995