Nigerian Rail Heritage: Past, Present, Future

A collaborative visual project carried out by the Oxford Martin School and Legacy 1995.
The YouTube presentation can be accessed here: 

The TORCH Heritage Partnerships Team has showcased its collaborative visual project between the Oxford Martin School, Legacy 1995 and the Nigeria Railways Corporation. 

The project, which was led by Dr Oliver Owen and Professor Wale Adebanwi, begun with assistance from the Social Science Division’s ESRC public engagement funds, and continued with support from the Oxford Martin School’s Governing the African Transition Programme, as well as facilitation from the TORCH Heritage Programme. 

On February 2020, Dr Owen presented ‘Rail development and public heritage in Nigeria: Connecting past and future’ in the last session of the Heritage Pathway series ‘Authenticity’.

According to Dr Owen, the project was an effort to engage with the history of Nigeria’s Railways through the perspective of a conversation between past, present and future. 

“It linked the documentation and conservation of Nigeria’s railway heritage infrastructure with how it is used, experienced and imagined today, and how that interacts with contemporary conversations on railway development. 

“This involved bringing up themes of history and identity, personal and official memory, colonialism and independence, ruination and reconstruction, and ways of thinking about and rethinking modernity and imagining pasts and futures”, he said.

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