Railway museum in Shildon celebrates African links

A FRIENDSHIP between museums in Britain and Africa is to be celebrated with a new display for rail fans in County Durham.

Staff at Locomotion: The National Railway Museum at Shildon are set to hold a Sierra Leone Festival.
The exhibition is to celebrate the links between the UK National Railway Museum and the Sierra Leone National Railway Museum in Freetown.

A narrow gauge locomotive from Sierra Leone is already on show at the Shildon museum and a new display about the Sierra Leone Government Railway is to be opened for the event.

The festival will feature a display of photos from Sierra Leone and demonstrations of models from the African country.

There will also be talks about the links between the museums at the festival which runs between Saturday, 8, and Sunday, 9, September.

The Locomotion’s learning team has also worked with local schools to explore themes from Sierra Leone and some of the youngster’s work will be on show.

Visitors to Locomotion will also be able to take a short ride on a steam train at the museum for a small fee.

Entry to the museum and display is free with details from 01388-777999 or visit www.nrm.org.uk/locomotion .

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