The Friends of Handforth Station were delighted at the start of 2016, their 20th anniversary, to receive news that two of their unique collections of railway signs were designated by the Board of Trustees of the Science Museum Group. This groups is to identify artefacts and records of significance for preservation by recommendation for designation. The designated signs are the regional railways sign on the Manchester platform and the British Railways enamel sign on the Crewe platform. In addition to these, there is also a collection of over 20 modern international railways’ ‘Handforth’ signs. The designation requires Network Rail and the Train Operating Company to retain the signs and prevents them from removing the designated item without agreement form the Science Museum. This will help ensure the continuing exhibition of these and the other 20 additional unique ‘Handforth’ signs.
Lord Faulkner of Worcester, Chairman of SMG said “We are delighted to be able to support the Designation of these two signs so ably cared for by the Friends of Handforth Station. This unique collection, as far as we are aware is not represented anywhere else and the enthusiastic work of this group have returned the station to one of the best in the Cheshire area. We commend their commitment to the cause of safeguarding and protecting Britain’s railway heritage.”
Mike Bishop, Chair of FoHS concluded “ We are very proud to receive this recognition of our Heritage signs, and hope our unique collection of over 20 modern International Railways “Handforth” signs will be similarly recognised in the future ”