What is it about?

How the early twentieth century railway influenced both the regional image of Cornwall, a remote part of south-west Britain, as a holiday destination and also acted as the conduit for largescale emigration caused by the collapse of mining and economic decline.. Both of these phenomenon have shaped its regional identity.

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Why is it important?

That the railway has been a key element in how place images are constructed which leaves a lasting legacy long after its importance as a transport link has declined in importance.


As a native of Cornwall I have long been interested in its identity and how this persists despite the influences of globalisation and the hegemony of a dominant English culture. I also have a lifelong fascination with railways and railway history. This article brings theses two themes and interests together.

Dr Richard John Pascoe Harris
University of Exeter

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This page is a summary of: Building Regional Identity: Social and Cultural Significance of Railways for Cornwall in the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries, The Journal of Transport History, November 2019, SAGE Publications, DOI: 10.1177/0022526619886041.
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