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London & North Western Railway Society
LNWR Society Study Centre

THE SOCIETY ARCHIVES AND STUDY CENTRE


Forthcoming Events
07-Jun-2017Wed Research Open Day, Kenilworth Study Centre.
24-Jun-2017Sat Research Open Day, Kenilworth Study Centre.
01-Jul-2017Sat Modellers Event at Kenilworth — July Modelling Day More details more details - events page
15-Jul-2017Sat Research Open Day, Kenilworth Study Centre.
06-Sep-2017Wed Research Open Day, Kenilworth Study Centre.
04-Oct-2017Wed Research Open Day, Kenilworth Study Centre.
21-Oct-2017Sat Research Open Day, Kenilworth Study Centre.
11-Nov-2017Sat Research Open Day, Kenilworth Study Centre.

Opening hours for Open Days are normally 10am to 5 pm.
For times for other events see the event details.

How to Obtain Information

Click HERE for a PDF leaflet giving details of the Study Centre, the collections, a map, details of bus services and opening dates.
The Archive Catalogue, the Archive Drawing Catalogue and Library List can be viewed or downloaded elsewhere on this web site, but if you are not sure whether we have any material that might help in your research or wish to make an enquiry please click HERE and provide details of the information you are seeking and we will try to help.
For access to the archive and other material at the Study Centre, you should make a booking at least a week in advance of the date selected. Your booking will be confirmed (or otherwise) by email, if a study seat is free on the open date selected.
To book a visit click HERE. If a space is not available, alternative options will be suggested.

Location of the Study Centre

The address of the Study Centre is:
Unit 6A, Princes Drive Industrial Estate, Coventry Road, Kenilworth Warwickshire, CV8 2FD.
Princes Drive is off the A429 Coventry — Kenilworth road where it enters Kenilworth. The A45, A46 and A452 are a short distance away and there is easy access to them from the M1, M6, M40, M42 and M69.
For visitors travelling by public transport, there is a frequent bus service, the X17 Stagecoach Midland Red, between Coventry and Kenilworth, which has stops outside Coventry Railway Station and near to the Princes Drive turning. To find the bus, turn left out of the station entrance and follow the footpath along the back of the platform and up the steps onto Warwick Road Bridge (A429), which crosses the west end of the station. The bus stops are immediately in front of you. On the bus ask for the Woodlands Road/Common Lane stop (the bus turns down Common Lane). Landmarks on the route to help locate the stop are first the traffic lit junction where the route crosses the A45, followed by a roundabout at Gibbet Hill Road (Warwick University). After passing some fields, and entering Kenilworth, a footbridge passes over the road. Time to get off at the next stop! The footbridge carries Kenilworth Greenway, a footpath constructed on the formation of the old LNWR Kenilworth Junction — Berkswell rail line. Princes Drive is ahead on the right. Follow the road round to the right, turn left at the bottom, and first left again and we are on the left near the top of the road.

The Study Centre

The Society began collecting archive material relating to the London & North Western Railway soon after its inception and the collection grew steadily over the years. Eventually better accommodation was needed to house the material and there was a strong desire to provide facilities for members and the public to access the collection for research. After much searching, some premises where the collections could be housed were located and in 2010 the Society was able to open its Study Centre at Kenilworth in Warwickshire.

Study centre photo, file name photos/P1210680.jpg The Study Centre

This enabled the Society to offer regular open days where the collections could be made available, allowing researchers to access the valuable historical material held in the archive. In 2012 additional space became available and it was possible to provide improved facilities for users and additional accommodation for the archives and library.

Study centre photo, file name photos/P1210675.jpg A busy time at one of the Study Centre open days

The Kenilworth premises provide excellent accommodation and facilities for researchers, and there are regular open days operated by friendly volunteers when the archives and library can be consulted. The open days have proved very popular and visitors have remarked very favourably on the quality and convenience of the facilities and on the friendliness, enthusiasm and knowledge of the volunteers.
The Study Centre is open to anyone interested in researching the LNWR and related companies. Visitors wishing to view the archive material, browse the library of books and periodicals, or search and view the Society‘s large photograph collection on computer, or browse through the many albums of photographs held there, are very welcome. The members running the Study Centre are always happy to assist visitors with their research.

The Archive and Library

Since the opening of the Study Centre the volume of material in the archive and library has grown considerably. Today the collection runs to around 10,000 items, a large proportion of which are original. It covers all aspects of the work and operations of the LNWR and its successors, and includes minute books, reports, working and public timetables, appendices, and working instructions. There is a large collection of drawings and other information related to locomotives and rolling stock, stations, buildings, track and signalling. Many items are unique.

Study centre photo, file name photos/P1210826.jpg The main library area

In addition there is an extensive reference library of books, periodicals and technical information. The associated bibliography of references to LNWR information, and to articles and other sources, runs to around 23,000 separate items. New material is constantly being added to the collections through a mixture of purchases, and generous donations and bequests.

Study centre photo, file name photos/P1210817.jpg A portion of the document collection

In addition to holding the catalogues of the collections, computers give access to extensive bibliographies of books and periodical articles and other databases of information on the LNWR.

Study centre photo, file name photos/P1210812.jpg Part of the drawing collection

A PDF leaflet describing the collections, services and facilities available at the Study Centre, how to get there, how to book a visit and the planned opening dates for this year can be downloaded by clicking HERE. Planned open dates are listed at the top of the Study Centre page and are also on the leaflet and are incorporated into the booking web page.

The Archive Catalogue, the Archive Drawing Catalogue and Library List can be viewed or downloaded elsewhere on this web site, but if you are not sure whether we have any material that might help in your research or wish to make an enquiry please click HERE and provide details of the information you are seeking and we will try to help.
To book a visit by email click HERE

Please make your booking at least a week in advance. Your booking will be acknowledged and confirmed by email, if a study seat is free on the open date selected.

Events at the Study Centre

Association of Larger Scale Modellers Limited
The Trustees of the Association held their April Committee Meeting at the Study Centre on Monday 4th April. The Committee chose the Centre as the venue for the meeting because of its central location, which balanced the travelling distances for the Trustees, and the easy access. One of the first members to arrive had come by train and bus from Halifax and was very complimentary about the bus connection from Coventry Station. The members were very impressed with the Centre and the facilities offered, while their use of the premises provided good positive publicity for the LNWR Society. In addition, the booking fee has provided welcome income for our Society. The use of the Centre for this meeting highlights the potential to use the Centre for meetings for other organisations, giving the benefits of greater use, positive publicity and useful income for the Society.