Issue Date: 29/09/2015
Issue Name: 40th Anniversary of the National Railway Museum Stamp Sheet
Producer: Buckingham Covers
On the 29th September 2015 the National Railway Museum will celebrate it's 40th anniversary. To commemorate this occasion we have produced this stunning sheet.
The 40th Anniversary of the National Railway Museum 27th September 1975
This year marks the 40th Anniversary of the National Railway Museum. Opened at Leeman Road in York, in what used to be a large steam locomotive depot, the National Railway Museum was the first national museum outside London.The museum expanded in 1990 when the Station Hall was opened in the former goods depot across Leeman Road, doubling the size of the museum, winning the Museum of the Year Award in the same year. Nine years later the former diesel depot was rebuilt to become ‘The Works’ which allowed greater access to the public for the Museum’s workshops, stores, collections and viewing gallery. The Museum was awarded the honour of being European Museum of the Year in 2001.The National Railway Museum has a vast and rich archive of images, posters, information and other railway memorabilia, all of which is accessible to the public. The National collection includes nearly 300 locomotives and rolling stock, over 600 coins and medals, almost 5,000 pieces of railway uniform and costume, railway equipment, documents, records, artwork and railway related photographs. The Search Engine which opened in 2007 is the country’s premier resource for the study of railway history.
In 2004, the National Railway Museum set up a new addition, Locomotion: the National Railway Museum at Shildon, County Durham, which was the first national museum to be built in the North East. This great Museum is where visitors can go to see the original Sans Pareil from 1829, a fantastic Stirling Single from 1870 and the North Eastern Railway electric locomotive No 1, to name only a few. Since its inception, the National Railway Museum has won over 20 awards, winning the White Rose Awards for tourism more times than any other Yorkshire attraction. With an average of 745,000 visitors per year, the National Railway Museum continues to look forward to a bright future.
What are stamp sheets?
A stamp sheet is around A4 size and contains 10 first class stamps (the firework stamps in this stamp sheet being an example) contained in a special design. The stamps are valid for postage, but you don't want to be ripping this up! Most people collect sheets in an album although some of them frame them for the wall.
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Total number of sheets printed: 350
Dr Alex Langlands is a British archaelogist, lecturer and historian with degrees from the University College London, and PHDs from the University of Winchester. Also known for presentng historical programmes for the BBC and Channel 4, he is co-presenter on the BBC2 programme Full Steam Ahead.