Writing the Railways
Britain’s railways have a special fascination: the earliest system in the world, with a rich and intimate relationship with our national story. Simon Bradley’s talk explores the social history of this unique network, and the changing experiences of its passengers and workers through nearly two centuries, drawing on his acclaimed recent book The Railways: Nation, Network and People. Simon will also show the role Carlisle had to play in their development.
Simon Bradley writes with equal enthusiasm on railways and on architectural history. He is joint editor of the Pevsner Architectural Guides at Yale University Press, and author of several books in that series. Born in Newcastle, Simon started trainspotting aged eleven, and his interest in railways has broadened and endured. He also wrote St Pancras Station , one of the landmark architectural buildings in railway history. Simon now lives in London, but comes back north when he can.