NER Cottage Homes 100th Anniversary Exhibition

Head of Steam Darlington Railway Museum is celebrating the 100th anniversary of an innovative housing fund established by the railway in 1919.

The exhibition takes place from 7th to 30th September 2019 and has been produced in partnership with the Railway Housing Association. It charts the history of the fund from its inception, to the incredible work of the Railway Housing Association today.

The North Eastern Railway Cottage Homes and Benefit Fund was set up in 1919 to provide suitable housing for railwaymen who were disabled during the First World War or railway staff who had to retire due to age or ill-health. The fund built homes for hundreds of railway families throughout the North East and became the Railway Housing Association in July 1982.

The exhibition will feature objects from the association’s archives and the museum’s collection as well as personal stories from those who have lived in railway housing giving visitors a real insight into how the fund has and continues to change lives.