Reviving an old railway tradition – ‘The MIC’!

The railway worker’s Mutual Improvement Class movement lasted over 150 years. We’ve revived it! On the second Wednesday of every month, at 14.00, we have a guest speaker, covering some aspect of railway history – usually with a ‘social/people’ emphasis.

Our next talk: Wednesday May 8th: Malcolm Kimber will reveal in his ‘Confessions of a Train Spotter’! Malcolm describes it as an “Autobiographical journey from youthful trainspotting to a mature interest and involvement in railways using scans of monochrome images and colour slides, internet images and more recent digital photographs.” Please book if you’d like to come (see below)

Our January talk was Richard Hinchliffe on ‘Flying Scotsman in America’ (above)

Future talks: Wednesday June 12th, 14.00: To be announced shortly

Pre-booking for all talks is essential as we only have limited space. Ring 07795 008691

Open days: We open every second Saturday from 11.00 to 16.00 – browse the collection, borrow from our Lending Library, or pick up a bargain! Visitors are offered tea, coffee and biscuits (sometimes even cake!)

Book launches: We are hosting two book launches, in April and May. On April 19th Bob Waterhouse launches ‘Footplate Passenger – the ‘Locomotive Journal’ writings of E.S. Waterhouse’. Copies of the book will be on sale afterwards price £14.99. On Saturday May 11th Peter Skellon will launch his ‘locomotive biography’ of 45596 ‘Bahamas’ at 12.30.

Station Gala: Friends of Kents Bank Station and Foreshore are holding their annual Station Gala on Saturday May 18th. The library will be open specially for the event.