History train experiment set to be expanded22 January 2010
University lectures on science, technology, economics and business look set to be delivered on the move following the success of an innovative experiment which saw a history lecture delivered on board a train to London.
Time Train, run by Glyndŵr University and Wrexham and Shropshire, took passengers on the 07.23 Wrexham to London Marylebone service through a two hour lecture about the history of London.
The lecture, delivered by Glyndŵr University lecturer Rod Playford, covered topics including Samuel Pepys’ London, the Great Fire of London and How the Welsh Tudors shaped London.
Suzanne Riley, of Glyndŵr Innovations, said the experience was extremely well received by passengers.
She said: “The lecture about Samuel Pepys’ London was by far the most popular, and we were delighted with the success of the trip. We had a mix of people on board, from businessmen and women through to families heading to London for a day out.
“The majority of passengers told us that they would definitely look to come on more of the trips so we’re now focusing on providing a new series of lectures on other topics.”
Travel Train passengers occupied carriage B of the service and listened to Mr Playford’s lecture via a headset.
On the return journey aboard the 18.33 London to Wrexham train they were given the opportunity to ask questions, having had chance to visit some of the places covered in the initial talk.
The lecture was documented by BBC Radio Wales – with the innovative journey receiving positive feedback from traveller and broadcaster, Michael Palin, who was in London Marylebone to launch a new suite of trains.
Suzanne added: “It was great to receive support from such an experienced traveller and household name as Michael Palin.
"It’s a four hour journey from Wrexham to London, which is quite a long time, and receiving a lecture is something hugely educating, informative and a great way to spend the journey, as the passengers found.”
For further information about future travel train trips contact Suzanne Riley on 01978 293007 or email firstname.lastname@example.org