8 July 2016 – David Turner wins Business Archives Council bursary for business history research.
Dr. David Turner, Associate Lecturer in Railway Studies at the University of York’s Centre for Lifelong Learning and York Transport Historians member, has been awarded the Business Archives Council’s bursary for Business History Research. Using records at The National Archives at Kew, the London Metropolitan Archives at Farringdon, and the National Brewery Centre in Burton-on-Trent, he will explore the relationship between Britain’s railways and two of the nation’s major brewers, Bass, Ratcliff and Gretton, and Whitbread, from 1870 to 1914. The research will examine the level of rates the railways charged and the services they provided, and how this influenced the financial performance of the brewers. The work will also deliver insights into how the railways’ activities influenced British economic performance in the period and the strategies they employed when dealing with customers.