Guest exhibition extended by popular demand.
Christmas / New Year Opening Hours
Closed Sat 24th - Tues 27th inc
Open Wed 28th - Fri 30th inc from 12.00 - 4.00pm
Closed Sat 31st Dec - Mon 2nd Jan inc
From Tuesday 3rd Jan 2023, the Centre will be open Monday to Friday between 12.00 and 4.00pm
BAY BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARDS 2022.
Delighted to announce that the Heritage Centre has been shortlisted for the 'Tourism Visitor Attraction Award'
Winter Opening Hours from 17th October
Monday to Friday 12.00 - 16.00
New Exhibition in the Link Gallery from 4th October to end of December
State Funeral - Monday 19th September.
As a mark of respect, the Heritage Centre and Refreshment Room will be closed all day
Theatre by the Lake, Keswick - 14 Sept to 8 Oct
BRIEF ENCOUNTER IN KESWICK
As part of a co-production with Stephen Joseph Theatre and the Octagon Theatre, the show has already been getting great reviews from audiences in Scarborough.
The cast will be arriving at Theatre by the Lake, Keswick very soon, ready for more romance in the Emma Rice stage adaptation of Noel Coward's original Brief Encounter, some of which was filmed here in Carnforth.
More details www.theatrebythelake.com/event/brief-encounter/
New in our 'Lean To' Gallery - wander through Wonderland with us, where you could find things becoming 'curiouser and curiouser'.
To browse or to buy? Will you be tempted? You'll see lots of familiar characters along the way to help you decide.
'The Lean-To' exhibition / retail area, featuring Crafts, Curios and Collectables is proving very popular - lots to see and very easy on the purse!!
Good to see so many visitors this week after such a long time. Even Carnforth Ted had a wonderful surprise when his cousin 'Big Eddy' called in to see him.
We are now open Monday to Friday 12.00 - 16.00 - please note that the Refreshment Room remains closed at the moment.
We are delighted to confirm that the Heritage Centre will finally re-open on Monday 17th May - Carnforth Ted can't wait to see everyone.
A strict one way system will allow all exhibition areas to be available including our new area featuring 'Crafts, Curios and Collectables'
In order to remain Covid secure the following will apply:
Open Monday to Friday 12.00 - 16.00.
Visitors to 'sign in' on arrival and wear face masks at all times.
Social distancing to be observed at all times.
Please note that the privately owned and operated Refreshment Room has been sold and the new owners will be re-opening it as soon as possible.
We look forward to welcoming you and thank you for your support during these difficult times.
November edition of 'Best of British' includes an excellent article celebrating the 75th Anniversary of 'Brief Encounter'
Available at all good newsagents or direct from https://shop.bestofbritish.co.uk
Flying Scotsman just arrived from Bury prior to complete lockdown🤔
Time for repairs
We are delighted to have been recognised in the new Tripadvisor 'Travellers Choice' Awards for 2020.
'Travellers Choice' recognises businesses that earn consistently great user reviews, and the winners are among the top 10% of businesses on Tripadvisor.
Delighted to be included.
‘Love your planet’ is the message from environmental charities this Valentine’s. Ahead of the day, our car-free columnist maps out trips by train and bus
Two awards on the same night.
“Congratulations to Carnforth Heritage Centre, winners of Visitor Attraction of the Year! ”
“The winner of the Small Visitor Attraction of the Year is Carnforth Station Heritage Centre ”
'The Home of Brief Encounter'
Just having the platform signs adapted following our proposal being accepted by Arriva North - look good don't they
Welcome to Carnforth - the 'Brief Encounter Special' is unveiled.
Great Canal Journeys - Episode 5 will be shown this Sunday, 11th Nov on Channel 4 at 8.00pm highlighting Lancaster Canal and the Lakes - hopefully the filming at the Heritage Centre will also be included.
Writer, broadcaster, actor and former M.P Gyles Brandreth paid us a visit yesterday.
Timothy West and Prunella Scales filming at the Heritage Centre for the next series of 'Great Canal Journeys' due for transmission in the Autumn
Fying Scotsman due to pass through Carnforth tomorrow (18th) at approx 12.54 on its way back to York from the East Lancs Railway.
Delighted to announce that Margaret Barton and Lucy Fleming are our first Honorary Patrons.
Margaret played Beryl in Brief Encounter and opened the Centre in 2003. She now lives in Dorset and acts as an ambassador for the Heritage Centre at every opportunity.
Lucy Fleming is the youngest child of Celia Johnson, star of Brief Encounter and Peter Fleming and has extensive performing experience in theatre, TV and film.
Both Patrons said they were 'honoured' to accept the role
Lucy Fleming (Celia Johnson's daughter) and Julian Clary at the Centre yesterday filming with SKY Arts TV for a forthcoming documentary about Noel Coward.
'Barging Round Britain' with John Sergeant.
Friday 6th May - ITV 8.00pm.
John takes in the delights of Lancaster Canal and gets to re-enact his favourite scene from Brief Encounter in the famous Refreshment Rooms.
Much loved, never to be forgotten
Victoria Wood sketch parodying the film Brief Encounter. Buy the DVD, buy all the Victoria Wood DVDs - she's fantastic.
Very special guests at our David Lean Exhibition - David's only child Peter with grandchildren Tracy and Nick.
Never to be seen together again?
6 A4s at Shildon 18/2/14 - Photo courtesy of Phil Metcalfe.
An original Carnforth 'totem' has completed its long journey from Santa Fe in New Mexico. Its owner Richard Gaddes moved out there in 1969 recently asked if we would like to display it in the Centre. We jumped at the chance and 44 years after it left these shores it is back at Carnforth Station
23 March 2013
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She sat in the refreshment room
Waiting for her train
Lost in thought she sipped her tea
And hoped it wouldn’t rain
She stood upon the platform
When the express went through
Blowing grit into her eye
She didn’t know what to do
She went back for some water
To ease the agony
Luckily a friendly doctor
Just happened to see
He took out his handkerchief
Just like a gentleman would
He eased the pain out from her eye
As gentle as he could
She thanked him then profusely
As she went on her way
She didn’t think too much about it
Or so she thought that day
The following week they met again
Was it just by chance?
It’s how these things just happen
The start of a romance
She agreed to have lunch with him
And then went to the cinema
To see a matinee
She felt something so wonderful
When they met again
They both were falling deeper
In love, he felt the same
The thing is they were married
Secure and happily
But couldn’t help these feelings
That made them feel so free
She fantasised about him
On the train back home
She had to think about him!
Just be left alone
She imagined them in Venice
The Paris opera too
Aboard a sunset liner
Sailing off into the blue
But then on the other hand
The crushing guilt she felt
Was heavy on her shoulders
Like a sad lament
Her husband and her children
Pulled apart each thought
She loved them so, but couldn’t help
These feelings so hard fought
Then one day it was too much
She felt it was a crime
But they agreed to spend a day together
One last time
He told her then he had a chance
To stop this misery
A chance to work in Africa
And take his family
Although they were so heartbroken
They knew it for the best
They never would forget each other
Till they were laid to rest
Their last minutes together
In that refreshment room
Were snatched away so cruelly,
Sadly all too soon
His train had come, he had to go
One last touch of his hand
She felt upon her shoulder
Left there like a brand
She felt so ill and desolate
She just could not think straight
Suddenly now he was gone
Her heart a sorry state
Left to it’s own devices
She had to get it back
Her aching heart felt like the train
Had crushed it on the track
She got into the carriage
Sighed into her seat
She felt like she was close to fainting
Fast from all the heat
She chatted with a lady
Who she wished she could tell
But the lady kept on talking
Although she did mean well
At last now in her own home
She sat so quietly
The sad strains of Rachmaninoff
Just added misery
Her husband was a kind man
Who asked if she felt well
Concerned he sensed
Something was wrong
He could always tell
She let her tears flow then
As he held her in his arms
He said whatever’s troubling you
We’ll work it out with calm
She cried until her tears run dry
She’d been so far away
‘Thank you for coming back to me’
Was all he had to say
She really did appreciate
His kindness and his care
But this secret of her heart
Forever will be there
Did they ever meet again?
Perhaps we’ll never know
We all have our interpretation
Which way did it go?
I’d like to think they met again
Even just for one day
Although now in their winter years
They’d have so much to say
They never would forget
Their precious time together
To them this brief encounter
Lives in their hearts forever
© HAZEL HOULDEY. All rights reserved
Did you know the Carnforth was the location for filming part of the iconic film Brief Encounter in February 1945? Carnforth being the fictional ‘Milford Junction’ in the film, which has been dubbed "A black and white masterpiece". The film today still tops polls for the most romantic film ever made over 75 years later.
Directed by David Lean the film stars Celia Johnson, Trevor Howard, Stanley Holloway, and Joyce Carey. The film takes place just prior to World War II and tells the story of "A chance meeting in a suburban railway station which brings together Laura Jesson, a happily married woman, and Dr Alec Harvey - who is also married. They fall in love, but their secret happiness is marred by the furtive way they must carry on the affair and the realisation that eventually a choice must be made." (BBC)
Originally the intention was for the production to take place at a station in London but the Ministry of War Transport decided Carnforth was a safer option being far away from the capital and therefore unlikely to come under an enemy attack.
The station clock gained iconic status through being featured in the film. The history of the clock is not entirely clear, more details about its origin can be found here -https://www.lancasterguardian.co.uk/heritage-and-retro/retro/time-ticking-iconic-brief-encounter-clock-carnforth-station-2941308
The mechanical components of the clock, once thought to be lost, were recovered and the clock was able to be refurbished. It was restarted on Friday, 5 July, 2002, at 3pm. It is thought the clock was built c.1880 by Joyce of Whitchurch, unfortunately, due to a major fire at the manufacturers no records survive.
In 1996, Carnforth Station and Railway Trust Co Ltd. formed with the aim of refurbishing the station and turning it into a tourist attraction for fans of Brief Encounter. At Carnforth Station Heritage Centre you can Watch ‘Brief Encounter’ in their vintage mini cinema complete with tip-up seats and learn about the fascinating life of David Lean and the iconic films that he directed. The Heritage Centre is poised to reopen on the 17th May as long as the Government roadmap remains the same.
Really looking forward to having an even bigger exhibition at Farfield Mill, Sedbergh from July to September this year! 🥰
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