Moving Stories - Workshops and Performance

Transmigration - the Importance of Railways in Britain

As well as transporting goods and produce across the country, such as fish or coal, the introduction of the railways also gave people the freedom to travel much further more easily. This enables people to transmigrate around Britain.

  • Workers were able to live outside of the cities and move into more pleasant areas, commuting daily into work
  • People who lived inland were able to have seaside holidays or go on day excursions, as it was much quicker to travel by rail
  • During the Second World War thousands of children were able to be evacuated with the help of the railways
  • The railways even carried people from other countries across Britain so they could reach America

In 1923 all of the smaller railway companies, of which there were many, were joined together to create the 'Big Four': Southern Railway, Great Western Railway, London and North Eastern Railway and London, Midland and Scottish Railway. Throughout the 1920s and 30s the railway companies competed to provide the most luxurious and sophisticated travel, advertising their services across the country.


To focus the performances at the National Railway Museum and Streetlife Museum, students investigated life in the 1920s and 30s to inspire their pieces of theatre.

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