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Schools and groups can book free tickets here.

Support the museum

Whether you're an individual or an organisation, find out how you can support us in our work as we prepare for a bright future with our New Hall as part of Vision 2025.

Locomotion’s new building is part of our ambitious plan to transform the museum, allowing us to tell the exciting and inspirational role played by Shildon and the North-East in the global railway story.

Vision 2025 also allows us to safeguard the collection, diversify our volunteer team and create new jobs. It will allow us to reinvigorate our heritage buildings, provide new green spaces and embed this museum at the heart of the community.

By celebrating the past, present and future of railways and engineering, we will capture the hearts and minds of the next generation of engineers, innovators and thinkers

Play your part in railway history and support us today.


Our wonderful volunteers make a huge contribution to the museum's activities—find out how you can join the team.

Make a donation

By making a donation you’ll be helping to care for our collection, create innovative exhibitions, and deliver our amazing educational programme. Make a donation online.


Gaunless Bridge public appeal

Help us bring the iconic Gaunless Bridge home to Locomotion for its 200th birthday. Make a donation to the appeal online.

Other ways you can help

Explore other ways you can support us by browsing the pages below on the National Railway Museum website, where another Vision 2025 overhaul is taking place. 

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