1st Edition

Transport and Its Place in History Making the Connections

Edited By David Turner Copyright 2020
    250 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    250 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Transport and mobility history is one of the most exciting areas of historical research at the present. As its scope expands, it entices scholars working in fields as diverse as historical geography, management studies, sociology, industrial archaeology, cultural and literary studies, ethnography, and anthropology, as well as those working in various strands of historical research. Containing contributions exploring transport and mobility history after 1800, this volume of eclectic chapters shows how new subjects are explored, new sources are being encountered, considered and used, and how increasingly diverse and innovative methodological lenses are applied to both new and well-travelled subjects. From canals to Concorde, from freight to passengers, from screen to literature, the contents of this book will therefore not only demonstrate the cutting edge of research, and deliver valuable new insights into the role and position of transport and mobility in history, but it will also evidence the many and varied directions and possibilities that exist for the field’s future development.

    “Making the Connections” – Introduction
    David Turner

    Part I: Policy and Practice

    1. ‘Supersonic/gin & tonic: The rise and fall of Concorde, 1950-2000’.
    Peter Lyth

    2. Observing 'Saint Monday': variations in the potential for leisure mobility for workers in the north of England in the mid-19th century
    Susan Major

    3. The vulnerability paradox: the illusion of permanence in the UK public transport industry
    Kevin Tennent

    4. Barrels rolling free: modal shift in the British brewing industry, 1897-1914
    David Turner

    Part II: Cultures of Transport

    5. Maintaining the Connections: A Social and Cultural History of the Permanent Way
    Oliver Betts

    6. “Being poor is going to the Ritz on the bus”: The portrayal of buses and trams in popular culture
    Martin Higginson

    7. Canals in Nineteenth-century Literary History
    Jodie Matthews

    Part III: Methodologies

    8. “The Trajectories of Railway Kinship Families in Victorian York”
    Philip Batman

    9. Sensory ethnography and film interpretation: sociological readings of historical archives
    Peter Cox

    10. Identification of the urban infrastructure of nineteenth-century horse transport: a case study of Worksop, Nottinghamshire, UK
    Megan Doole

    11. Digital disasters: Crowdsourcing the railway accident
    Mike Esbester


    David Turner is Associate Lecturer in Railway Studies at the University of York, and teaches at the Centre for Lifelong Learning and The York Management School’s Masters in Railway Studies. He completed his PhD with the Institute of Railway Studies and Transport History, York, in 2013 and was awarded in 2016 the Business Archives Council’s Bursary for Business History Research. He is also a book review editor for the Journal of Transport History and a co-convener of the Institute of Historical Research’s Transport and Mobility History Seminar.