Bateman Gallery – Life and Works of David Lean


David Lean was one of the leading film makers of the 20th Century. Our ‘Life and Works’ exhibition draws together information, photographs and film documentaries from the David Lean Foundation, the British Film Institute, BAFTA and most importantly, David Lean’s son Peter and grandson Nick, who have provided some special photos from their personal collection, some of which are previously unseen by the public.

Link Gallery – The Art of Nostalgia


The Link Gallery features guest exhibitions every 3 months. The last exhibition prior to the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions ran from Tuesday 7th January to Sunday 22nd March 2020 showcasing a nostalgic journey back through the years to see how the people of Britain spent their leisure time, as portrayed by the artists and photographers of their day.

Brief Encounter


The ‘Brief Encounter’ Exhibition features photographs and lots of interesting information about the film – particularly the famous Rachmaninov score.

It all started “just through me getting a little piece of grit in my eye” at Milford Junction station, otherwise known as Carnforth Station.

Brief Encounter is one of the most popular romantic British films of all time and ranks second in the British Film Institute’s Top 100 ‘best British films’ list. David Lean’s classic 1945 film was partially shot at Carnforth Station and has captured the imagination of audiences for more than sixty years.

Most of the platform scenes were filmed at Carnforth. The external filming of the “Milford Junction” refreshment room used film “flats” specially erected on Carnforth station.

The interior films scenes of the Milford Junction refreshment took place on a set at Denham studios. The set however, bore a very close resemblance to the genuine refreshment room at Carnforth station. The station has been voted the 8th most romantic film location in the country. Come spend a day with us, run up the subway and stand under the famous Brief Encounter clock.

Take a wander around the Heritage Centre where you will see fascinating exhibitions, including the Brief Encounter exhibition; you can watch the film itself which plays continuously throughout the day and you can finish off with a light bite in the Brief Encounter Refreshment Room which is where it all began!

Do you have any “Brief Encounter” or 1940’s memorabilia lying around the house? We are constantly adding to our displays and we would love to hear from anyone who may be able to donate items which can be used either in current exhibitions or in future projects. If you can help, please contact the Heritage Centre Manager on 01524 735165 or email sdo@carnforth-station.co.uk.

The film shows all day on the big screen while you relax in original theatre seats kindly donated to the Centre by our friends at the Winter Gardens in Morecambe.

The Age of Steam Galleries


We have 2 galleries showing Carnforth at the End of Steam 1968, Lancaster’s Lost Railways, plus a selection of artworks, photographs and memorabilia from our ever growing archive collection. A wide ranging collection of artefacts and historical items relating to the heyday of steam railways.

Life in the 40’s


Linking the Brief Encounter Cinema area and the David Lean Exhibition, this display shows what life was like at the time David Lean started his directorial career.

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