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Locomotion wins Special Recognition Award

We’re delighted to announce that Locomotion has been awarded the Special Recognition Award at the 2021 County Durham Together Awards.

The awards celebrate individuals, groups and businesses who have played a key role in supporting the county’s communities over recent months, and the winners were announced at a ceremony on Thursday 9 December.

Organised by The Northern Echo and supported by Durham County Council and other local sponsors, the awards shine the spotlight on those who have gone the extra mile to make things better for others in the community. 

The Special Recognition Award given to Locomotion acknowledges the variety of ways in which we help visitors discover how the railways have changed all our lives, and celebrates the culture and importance of railways in County Durham. 

Sarah Price, Head of Locomotion, and Eileen Atkins, Locomotion’s Engagement and Programming Manager, represented the museum at the award ceremony, held at Ramside Hall Hotel, Durham. 

Sarah said: “We’re honoured to have been given the Special Recognition Award, and delighted that our contribution to telling the significant story of Shildon and its impact on the development of railways worldwide has been recognised.  

"All the team at Locomotion are excited to share and inspire the next generation of engineers and innovators with this story. We’re looking forward to future developments at Locomotion which will create a better experience for our visitors, a safe environment for our collection, and a sustainable future for our historic buildings. 

"A very big thank you to Locomotion’s amazing team of staff, volunteers and visitors for their continued contribution, and I’m delighted that their efforts have been recognised through this prestigious award.” 


About Locomotion

  • Locomotion offers visitors the chance to see highlights of the national collection of railway vehicles in Shildon—the world’s first railway town
  • Locomotion forms part of the Science Museum Group, along with the Science Museum in London, the Science and Industry Museum in Manchester, the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford and the National Railway Museum in York
  • Locomotion is a partnership between the Science Museum Group and Durham County Council, which is a major funder of the museum
  • Admission to Locomotion is free