The sad news has been announced that John Snell,  one of the early pioneers of the railway heritage movement has passed away. John was involved with the Talyllyn Railway from its earliest days, and was the fireman on the first train to run on the Talyllyn under preservation. He subsequently worked for London Transport,  British Railways and for 28 years as the General Manager of the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway.

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Following a Museums Association report on the 8th January that appeared to imply that as a result of further government cuts, there would be reductions in funding for museums, the Arts Council has issued further guidance  to clarify the position and reassure the sector that funding will be maintained.

More details are available at the AIM web site:


Date of ABTEM Spring Seminar Announced


A date for your diary!

The next ABTEM meeting will be held on Wednesday 30th April at the STEAM Museum in Swindon.

The working title for the seminar is ‘Volunteers in a changing environment’ – more details to follow here and on our Facebook page. If you would like further information, please use the attached to contact ABTEM about the event.