All posts by Dominique Bell

About Dominique Bell

I'm the Project Coordinator for the Willington Waggonway Research Programme.
My role involves working in partnership with experts in early railway history, conservation specialists and professional archaeologists.
The research programme will harness this resource and gather new evidence from the preserved remains to create a new body of knowledge. The aim of the project is to understand more of the formative history of the railway which became, and remains, one of the world’s most widespread technologies.
It’s a very exciting project to be involved with as the remains of the Willington Waggonway are of international significance!

A Waggonway Adventure

Early one morning in July, my colleague Kev and I set off to collect the majority of the waggonway timbers from York Archaeological Trust where they have been undergoing preservation treatment for the last 3 years. Or, as we like… Read more

Funding the Willington Waggonway

It is common knowledge that museums are feeling the pinch as councils tighten budgets, so you may have wondered where the funding came from for the Willington Waggonway Research Programme. The rescue, preservation and research of a section of the… Read more

When is a railway a railway?

Many people see the opening of the Stockton and Darlington railway in 1825 as the beginning of the railway age, but did you know that railways existed more than 200 years before or arguably even earlier? In basic terms a… Read more

The Willington Waggonway Research Programme

You may remember the remains of a section of a wooden waggonway were discovered underneath the former Neptune Shipyard not far from Segedunum Roman Fort in the summer of 2013. Before being redeveloped, the site was investigated by archaeologists due… Read more