16th March 2019
Film Show - Never Again - Tales from the Master Neverers with members of the MNA
Towards to end of steam, a number of young men covered steam workings wherever they could with their cameras in the search of that elusive 'master shot'. In order to get this, they travelled widely in the country, visited engine sheds, sometimes in the early hours of the morning and sometimes clandestinely and cleaned engines which they knew were working the following day and which they wanted to photograph. They would then leave notes for the crew as to where they might be photographing, sometimes with a ten bob note attached, and requested a little more smoke for a better effect. They often travelled on footplates if possible, took reels and reels of film, both 35mm and medium size format, and even now they still hold reunions at Ribblehead each year to coincide with the Fifteen Guinea special date of 11th August 1968, the very last steam working by BR. They became legends in the train enthusiast world and were known as the MNA, or Master Neverers' Association. Although they were a product of the fifties and sixties and lived life to the full (usually cars and beer and trains, but not necessarily in that order) they are of course now respected pillars of society, and have recently pooled their memories to produce a four volume set of books about their exploits and showing some of their finest collective work from 50 plus years ago. The book sold out within weeks before Christmas, but we are going to have the chance to hear about some of their exploits and see some of their photographs. We are privileged that this is their first ever public outing and it should be a most entertaining evening as they enlighten us as to what the Master Neverers did all those years ago in the pursuit of their 'master shot'. The show starts at 7.30pm and goes on till about 10pm.
30th March 2019
Film Show - Worcestershire and the Severn Valley. An evening of films with Michael Clemens
Michael will be making a return visit to the KRM to show some more of his cine films that he and his father took in the 1960s. He is currently preparing the manuscript for a new book on Worcestershire Railways using photographs from his own collection and he will be showing some of these as well of locations which will be well known to the audience. During the 1960s, they travelled on the Severn Valley and recorded their journey on 8mm cine film. Michael has managed to restore and improve a lot of the cine film which he and his father took, and we will be seeing the results of all that hard work. The show starts at 7.30pm and goes on till about 10pm.
6th April 2019 – PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF
Railways Remembered – a special programme for the KRM with Rob Foxon
Rob will be bringing our film season to an end as usual with one of his Railways Remembered shows which has been kindly put together for KRM with some special requests too. It includes films such as is your journey really necessary in wartime, film of three branch lines - Hayling Island, Halesowen and Southall, film celebrating the centenary of the Festiniog Railway, Engineman 1959 (shot at Newton Heath shed) about work on the footplate, Dukedogs to Barmouth and Journey for Jeremy (shot between Glasgow and London Euston when Coronation Pacifics reigned supreme), amongst others. All these films come from Rob's extensive library of 16mm films. This show coincides with the SVR Open House Weekend, so there will be plenty to come and see during the day as well. We are opening Wrangaton Signal Box to visitors, and will have our extensive photograph and archive collection available too. The show starts at 7.30pm and goes on till about 10pm.
Railway Photograph Fair
The next of our very popular photograph fairs will be held on Saturday 13th July 2019. More details nearer the time, but one or two new dealers due to be present.
The Railart 2019 exhibition of paintings by members of the Guild of Railway Artists will open on Saturday August 17th and run through to Sunday 1st October. More details will appear here nearer the time.
Museum photos on the road
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