The HASS School of Humanities have developed a free online course called 'Working Lives on Britain's Railways: Railway History and Heritage'. On this course you will investigate the professional lives of the men and women working on the British railways from the 1840s until the First World War.
You will also look at the ways in which railway workers represented their own work, using autobiographies and other primary historical materials.
Using archival materials from the National Railway Museum, you will learn about the mental and physical hardship endured by railway workers, as well as the risks and pleasures that came with working in this new industry.
The course is designed for anyone with an interest in railway history and heritage, working-class history and culture, industrial heritage, the Victorian period, or museums and their holdings.
The course runs for 4 weeks and starts on the 30th September. Visit the Futurelearn website to find out more;
(Image courtesy of Dundee Central Library Local History)