The Victorian railways spread like fingers across England until the 1960s when many branch lines were shut. Although these fingers had rested on the land for less than 100 years, they left behind fingerprints. These traces show through today not just in the obvious physical remnants such as bridges, embankments, station platforms, etc., but also in our culture and collective memory, via photography and film, hobbies and pastimes. Sometimes, in a rural location, there is little visibly obvious; yet the empty spaces left behind - an in-filled cutting across a field or just a broad swathe curving through a meadow - contain layers of history and can often resonate with a palpable sense of loss and absence.
Joanne Dorothea-Smith • Susan Glover • Ian Harris • Vanessa Miles • Jane Prior • Nic Sullivan •