Urban History

‘Railway Derby’: occupational community, paternalism and corporate culture 1850–90

George Revill a1
a1 Department of Geography, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, OX3 0BP


This paper examines the extent to which the Midland Railway workforce in nineteenth-century Derby constituted some form of occupational community. Evidence for this paper is drawn from Midland Railway Company (MR) records combined with census data and other documentary and textual material. It explores the social and domestic world of employees at the Midland Railway Company's headquarters and critically examines the construction of community in both functional and symbolic terms.