We are grateful to the many individuals and organisations that have supported all the work we have done on Falling Sands Viaducts, both through restoration and activities. We've gathered together some useful links for organisations that provide more information about the project and local history surrounding the Severn Valley Railway. Please see below for links to all these organisations website.
LOCAL HISTORY GROUPS AND LIBRARIES
Kidderminster Library offers a local library service and archive materials relating to the local history of Kidderminster and surrounding areas. The Library has been vital in helping us research the local history of Kidderminster and the Severn Valley Railway.
Click here to find out more about the library services and archives.
KIDDERMINSTER CIVIC SOCIETY
Kidderminster Civic Society are dedicated to uncovering the history, geography and nature of Kidderminster town's historic buildings, through newsletters, discussions and local walks. They have been essential to the work at Falling Sands by providing valuable information about the history of Kidderminster.
Click here to visit their website and find out more.
WYRE FOREST U3A
Wyre Forest U3A is a local social history society based in the Wyre Forest district outside Kidderminster who learn about Kidderminster, Bewdley, Stourport-on-Severn and North Worcestershire as a lifelong learning society. They have been key in extending our project into the history of the Wyre Forest.
You can find more information about Wyre Forest U3A and their website here.
THE HIVE, WORCESTER
The Hive is the main library and archive centre for Worcestershire, based in Worcester. They provide archive material and special collections on local studies of Worcestershire in a variety of topics. The Hive will store the complete interviews from our Golden Club Oral History project.
For more information about the services at The Hive, please click here.
OUR ORGANISATIONS AND CHARITIES
SVR CHARITABLE TRUST
The SVR Charitable Trust is the charity branch of the Severn Valley Railway, who support various projects taking place across the railway, including restoration projects and the Heritage Apprenticeship Scheme. Without the support of the charity, the Falling Sands Viaduct project would never have happened.
To find out more about the charity and what it supports, click the link here.
MORE INFORMATION ON VIADUCTS, NAVVIES AND VICTORIANS
BBC History provides an overview guide to the history of Victorian Britain, including facts on major events of the period such as The Industrial Revolution and major inventions of this period, including the Steam Engine.
To access BBC History to find out more about Victorians, click here.
THE NATIONAL RAILWAY MUSEUM, YORK
The National Railway Museum is the largest museum dedicated to the history of British Railways in the UK. It holds collections relating to the development of the British Railway Network, including documents on locomotives, rolling stock, stations and key events in railway history. Special thanks goes to them for the information on Navvies, used in our project.
To find out more about the National Railway Museum, click here to go to their website.
History House is an online platform based in Essex, who explore British history through unusual events and stories. They are also interested in ancestral history. Special thanks goes their article on Navvies, which helped inform our own research on the Navvies that built Falling Sands Viaduct.
Click here to go to the History House website and explore the article on Navvies.
HISTORY LEARNING SITE
History Learning Site is an online-based history platform that gives a broad overview of historical events, covering the majority of British history. A special thank you for their research on British Transport History and their article on Navvies.
To find out more about transport history and Navvies from them, click here.