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Mobility, museums and awkward unsettling

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Paul Wright



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd., 2018.

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From 1972 British Rail's "Advanced Passenger Train Experimental" (APT-E) tested a combination of innovations that promised a tantalising and proficient mobility on the UK’s Victorian-era railway network. The project’s failure and eventual cancellation in 1985 has made the preservation and display of APT-E awkward. APT-E's revolutionary mobility sits awkwardly with its present (immobile) material state as a museum artefact, as does the context of derision and disappointment surrounding its cancellation. By experiencing APT-E in situ and interviewing the preservation team this paper forms an initial exploration of the kinds of ideas and tactics are used by those who preserve and display awkward and rejected mobilities in a way that rehabilitates their potential and their temporal indeterminacy.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Wright P

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Area

Year: 2018

Volume: 51

Issue: 1

Pages: 45-54

Print publication date: 01/03/2019

Online publication date: 24/09/2018

Acceptance date: 13/07/2018

Date deposited: 06/11/2019

ISSN (print): 0004-0894

ISSN (electronic): 1475-4762

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.


DOI: 10.1111/area.12496

Notes: Accepted pending copy-edit


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