Rails et Histoire

Partenaires. l’Institute of Railway Studies and Transport History menacé.

L'Institute of Railway Studies and Transport History, acteur majeur de l'histoire des chemins de fer et modèle d'un partenariat original entre patrimoine et histoire, est menacé.

Pendant vingt ans, nous autres Français, enfermés dans des structures administratives plus rigides, avons célébré et envié l’alliance d’un institut de recherche et école doctorale avec un musée national, son équipe scientifique, ses fonds d’archives, son programme culturel, une "solution" ("initiative") particulièrement adaptée à l’histoire de la mobilité. L’œuvre de l’Institute of Railway Studies and Transport History et de son directeur, Colin Divall, est immense, ce qui n’empêche pas le reflux des financements publics de mettre fin à cette belle aventure.

De : Colin Divall [mailto:colin.divall@york.ac.uk] Envoyé : vendredi 27 décembre 2013 16:31

Objet : Institute of Railway Studies & Transport History, York, UK - likely changes in 2014

Dear Colleague

As you might already know, the UK’s National Railway Museum (as part of the Science Museum Group) is suffering sharp and continuing cuts in its governmental grant-in-aid. Partly as a result, the NRM is in the process of reorganizing and it is highly likely that all funding to the Institute of Railway Studies & Transport History (jointly run since 1995 with the University of York) will be withdrawn early in 2014. A direct consequence will be that my post as Head of the Institute will be made redundant, and if, as expected, this happens I shall be taking (very !) early retirement from the NRM. However I shall remain as professor of railway studies in the University of York on a part-time basis until November 2015, solely to provide supervision for the Institute’s several research students.

The Institute’s future will be the subject of disussion between the NRM and the University. A new on-line postgraduate diploma in railway studies is expected to be launched by the University’s Centre for Lifelong Learning in autumn 2014. However no other postgraduate students will be recruited until further notice.

And on that note, I wish you a Happy New Year !

Colin

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