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Nuneaton Museum hosts project launch honouring women

Published on Thursday, 6th July 2023

Writer Richard Lysons (left), LNR Community Strategy Manager, Vicky Cropper-Clarke (middle) and designer Nicky Thompson (right) with the booklet
Writer Richard Lysons (left), LNR Community Strategy Manager Vicky Cropper-Clarke (middle) and designer Nicky Thompson (right) with the booklet

Nuneaton Museum & Art Gallery saw the launch of the Discover Amazing Women by Rail 2 booklet, a rail tourism project in association with London Northwestern Railway (LNR).

The publication brings to life history’s amazing women associated with the London Northwestern Railway Network from Liverpool Lime Street to Watford Junction, in which Nuneaton is a central part of the route.

Designed by Cheshire artist Nicky Thompson and written by author Richard Lysons, LNR and Women in Community Rail funded the booklet which includes short biographies and relevant attractions for passengers to visit.

The booklet includes singer and television presenter Cilla Black OBE, who had two UK number one singles with 'Anyone Who Had a Heart' and 'You're My World' in 1964 and hosted hit TV show Blind Date from 1985 until 2003, The Bletchley Girls, who were outnumbered three to one by men at the secret codebreaking headquarters, they worked to prevent the Second World War being prolonged, and Nuneaton’s very own poet and novelist George Eliot, author of seven novels including Middlemarch and The Mill on the Floss.

Featuring detailed information on how these women shaped our past, we can also learn how to use the railway to throw yourself into their worlds.

Cllr Sue Markham, Portfolio Holder for Public Services, said:

“We are proud to have hosted the launch as a key part of the borough’s local visitor economy.

“It is great to support a project which will boost future visits to the area.’’

Vicky Cropper-Clarke, LNR Community Strategy Manager, said:

“I am delighted to launch the Amazing Women by Rail booklet which highlights so many stories by incredible women across our rail network.

“There will be copies available at selected stations and passengers will be able to view the booklet online.

"I hope this encourages passengers to explore towns and cities along the line to discover the fascinating history of these remarkable women.

“I would also like to thank our community partners and Women in Community Rail for putting the booklet together.”

To learn more about the project and view the booklet, visit the first Amazing Women by Rail website.