This year marks 180 years of Crewe Works. To celebrate, Crewe Town Council and Crewe Heritage Centre are jointly funding an exhibition celebrating how the Works was the catalyst for Crewe to develop into the town we know today. The exhibition is in the main hall of the Heritage Centre. There are sections on:
- What the works made and the people who have worked there. This section includes a loan from the LNWR Society George V New Build Locomotive Trust of their loco “Prince George”. In August, we will also receive “1054 Coal Tank” the only fully operational LNWR Crewe Built loco still in regular use, from the Bahamas Society. The loco was built in 1888 and still uses its original boiler – a true testimony to the quality of Crewe workmanship!
- How the people of Crewe Works have taken their skills across the world and are responsible for some of our most important engineering developments.
- How the Works built Crewe. This section will look at how the town developed around the Works and includes a Victorian school, a 1930s Railway Cottage and a look at the Co-op throughout its history. We are grateful to the Co-op for lending us items for this display which explores Crewe as only the second Co-op in the world.
- How Crewe Works is developing now. With thanks to Alstom for their help with this section that looks to the future and explores how they are looking to grow work at the site. You will get the opportunity to see how the team renovate wheelsets.
The exhibition will open to the public on Saturday 1 July at 11am and will be open every weekend and for the August Bank Holiday Monday.