Historic Mallard exhibition is extended

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Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery has extended its ‘Mallard – A Doncaster Thoroughbred’ exhibition to tie in with the Festival of British Railway Modelling being held at the Racecourse next month.

The Festival of British Railway Modelling will be held on February 8 - 9 at Doncaster Racecourse.

The show will include 30 working layouts, over 80 exhibitors, modelling demonstrations and theatres.

The Mallard exhibition at Doncaster Council’s gallery on Chequer Road is a celebration of world speed record holder Mallard, built in Doncaster in 1938, and the other A4 locomotives designed by Sir Nigel Gresley. Display includes nameplates from other famous A4s which sadly never survived such as Kingfisher and Silver King.

Visitors can see Sir Nigel’s Boardroom Table on which the original designs and other papers would have been displayed.

Coun Bob Johnson, Cabinet Member for Leisure and Culture, said: “We were delighted to welcome Mallard back home to Doncaster as part of the St Leger Festival Week 2013. This is a fabulous exhibition and I am pleased that it will now be open to visitors for a little longer.”

Rare artefacts from the Doncaster Grammar School Railway Collection are also included and never before seen in public. One of these is the original Royal Canadian Coat of Arms, borrowed by the National Railway Museum for the restoration of Dominion of Canada. And, with the National Railway Museum lining up all six survivors last year, the gallery has lined up at least seven – albeit in model form. The models were built in the Doncaster Works by apprentices and depicts one of the lost A4s “Golden Eagle”.

Other exhibits include Cuneo’s original masterpiece ‘Giants Refreshed’ which was used for the famous LNER poster of the same name. Also on display are several letters and notebooks written by Gresley giving a rare insight into the man whose genius gave Doncaster a world speed record which has lasted 75 years.

Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery is open 10am-4.30pm (Mon-Fri), 10.30am-4.15pm (Sat), closed Sundays. Mallard – A Doncaster Thoroughbred will now run until Saturday 8 February.