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Rail museum scoops award
A Keighley museum that has had a starring role in award-winning movies has received its own artistic plaudits.
The Vintage Carriages Trust, which owns the Museum of Rail Travel at Ingrow, has scooped the newly introduced Heritage Railway Association Interpretation Award.
The museum received the award for its presentation of railway carriages and other railway artefacts, both in the museum and in their occasional controlled use.
It was praised for the use of audio-visual presentations and displays throughout the museum.
Jackie Cope, the Trust's curator, accepted the silver rose bowl award at the annual meeting of the Heritage Railway Association in Warrington.
She said: "Interpretation is a new concept to some of us, but it is important that we make an effort to make our "hobby" enjoyable and understandable, and more than just a ride behind a steam engine. We don't just leave the stock sitting there, we try and explain it to people and make it as interactive as possible."
The Trust is particularly proud of the starring role its carriages have had on both TV and the big screen, the latest being in Nicole Kidman's Golden Globe-winning film The Hours. The carriages have also featured in ITV's recent adaptation of Sons and Lovers, as well as the BBC's latest version of The Hound of the Baskervilles and the forthcoming second series of The Forsyte Saga.
The silver rose bowl, which will go on display at Ingrow, was made in 1898 and became a railway award when it was presented to the chairman of the Locomotive and Allied Manufacturers Association on his retirement in 1962. It has been provided by the National Railway Museum.
There will soon be an opportunity to travel in one of the historic vehicles.
The South Eastern & Chatham Railway-designed carriage no 3554, built in 1924 in Birmingham, will be in use during the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway's Gala Weekend on February 8 and 9.
The museum is open every day from 11am to 4.30pm. Further information is available at www.vintagecarriagestrust.org.