The Midland Railway Society's Collection was started by Roy F. Burrows in the 1940s and is now generally recognised as a railway collection of national significance; it is devoted to one particular pre-Grouping railway company - the Midland - up to 1922. The Collection became a registered charity in 2000 and was merged with the Society in February 2016. It is housed in the Midland Railway Study Centre, part of the Silk Mill Museum, Derby, and comprises over 50,000 items.
This book covers a brief history of the Collection and emphasises aspects of memorabilia not usually associated with the railway, such as hotel china and silver plate. It illustrates the wide variety of artefacts and documents used by one of the major railways of the Victorian/Edwardian era. These include timetables, publicity, tickets, signalling, uniforms, badges, commercial documentation, labels, horse brasses, clocks and watches, as well as employees' social and welfare activities.
Roy F. Burrows started his Midland Railway Collection in the 1940s and it is now generally recognised as a railway collection of national significance. A chartered electrical engineer by profession, Roy is a lifelong Midland Railway enthusiast who started collecting timetables in 1945 aged 12. Around 1965 he concentrated on collecting pre-grouping (i.e. pre 1923) Midland Railway items. He was a regular attendee at the specialist railway and auctions and, after retirement from the "day job" in aerospace in 1990, he became an associate with Ian Wright in running Sheffield Railway and Auctions. He continued to develop the collection and in 1994 mounted an exhibition in Derby to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the formation of the Midland Railway.