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Opening hours for Open Days are normally 10am to 5 pm.
THE SOCIETY ARCHIVES AND STUDY CENTRE
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.
Location of the Study Centre
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 2016 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.
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.
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