Taksa, Lucy
December 2003
Labour History Review (Maney Publishing);Dec2003, Vol. 68 Issue 3, p391
Academic Journal
The article discusses the STEAM Museum in Swindon, England. The article examines the vista offered by STEAM itself. It also maps out the multiple and interconnected landscapes which have shaped its nature and approach, as much as its reception. It also discusses the factors that influenced the emergence of STEAM and relate these to the international railway preservation movement and to the nexus between changing industrial landscapes and the growing appreciation of industrial heritage. The location of STEAM in the Great Western Railway workshops links the preservation of industrial structures and artifacts to representations of the industrial past through such structures and objects. STEAM reflects the international power of railway history and heritage and also the growing appreciation of railway workshops as repositories of industrial and cultural heritage. STEAM is not like most railway museums. Despite its name, it is not dominated by an antiquarian obsession with locomotives. While such technological hardware is displayed there, it is not as prominent as one finds at the National Railway Museum in York or the California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento.


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