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A Grandmother's Legacy - Full Steam Ahead

Talks - History; Talks - Biography

Event Description

With ancestors who were in India at the very beginning of the steam trains and in professions on the railway that were held in high esteem by the railway companies themselves, Jenny's exploration of her grandfather's life provides a personal insight into the history of the Indian railways. Described by Kipling as "a paragon of European enterprise in the heart of India, laid out with military precision; each house with its share of garden, its red-brick path, its growth of trees and its neat little wicket gate", this talk explores life in the first railway colony. With a highly visual presentation of steam trains, we learn how obstacles were overcome with civil engineering achievements to provide a suitable way for trains to travel along a series of mountains with 1:37 gradients all with the aim of trading commodities for the East India Company. This talk details the opening-up of a country which, until the railways, was only accessible by bullock cart due to the varied landscape, climate, and conditions of the roads. We end with a light-hearted look at the difficulties faced by the author thirty years ago when trying to buy a train ticket in India.

  • Duration: 60 mins
  • Online Zoom Event: An event held in person
  • Join as an individual or book for private groups up to 300
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Meet The Speaker, Jenny

Jenny’s career has been the culmination of several instinctive paths in her life which have led her to enjoying being an author and now a public speaker. Her years in BBC Television production followed by a career based on travelling around the world re-ignited her passions for cooking, India, research and writing. Jenny manages to bring to light the personal stories behind five generations of her ancestors who lived out in India during the British Raj. Her stories are brought to life spectacularly with a treasure trove collection of family sepia photographs which go back to 1865.

Preparing for the Event

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