Transport and mobility history is an exciting area of study, enticing scholars working in fields as diverse as sociology, management and cultural studies. Containing contributions exploring this subject in Britain after 1800, this volume captures how this vibrancy has led to the application of diverse and innovative methodological lenses to both new and well-travelled subjects. It delivers valuable new insights into the role transport and mobility have played in history, and demonstrates how new research approaches and their outputs can benefit academics, practitioners and policy-makers beyond the field.
Introduction (David Turner) Part One: Methodologies 1.The Trajectories of Railway Kinship Families in Victorian York (Philip Batman) 2. Sensory ethnography and film interpretation: sociological readings of historical archives (Peter Cox) 3. Horse-drawn transport and the urban built environment 1820-1920 (Megan Doole) 4, Digital disasters: Crowdsourcing the railway accident (Mike Esbester) Part Two: Cultures of Transport 5. Maintaining the Connections: A Social and Cultural History of the Permanent Way (Oliver Betts) 6. Buses and Popular Culture (Martin Higginson) 7. Canals in Nineteenth-century Literary History (Jodie Matthews) Part Three: Policy and Practice 8. Supersonic/gin & tonic: Concorde and the slow death of supersonic travel, 1950-2000 (Peter Lyth) 9. Observing ‘Saint Monday’: a geographical comparison of railway tripping opportunities for mid-19th century workers (Susan Major ) 10. The vulnerability paradox: the illusion of permanence in the UK public transport industry (Kevin Tennent) 11. Re-thinking the business of transport history: beer by rail and road before 1914 (David Turner) Conclusion (David Turner)