Women and railways is one of the themes of an exhibition celebrating “hidden history” at Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.

Entitled Mind the Gap, the exhibition at Moyse’s Hall Museum coincides with the 170th anniversary of the opening of Bury St Edmunds railway station and the 25th anniversary of the death of railway poster designer Sybil Andrews.

It shows the lives and memories of passengers and workers forged at the station, in particular the women who worked there in the 19th and 20th centuries.

It includes original railway posters by Sybil Andrews, who was born in Bury St Edmunds, as well as historic railway photographs and artefacts, many on public display for the first time, loaned by members of the public.

The exhibition has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, with help from Councillor Julia Wakelam of St Edmundsbury Borough Council, Greater Anglia, St Edmundsbury Borough Council, Moyse’s Hall Museum and the station supporters’ group.

The exhibition also explores connections between contemporary art and rail.

At Bury St Edmunds station, illustrated panels reveal the hidden lives and memories of passengers and women who worked in the refreshment room and at the Railway Mission.

It is the 25th anniversary of the death of designer Sybil Andrews (1898-1992) and there is growing interest in her life and art, particularly since the Sybil Andrews Academy opened in January. It is also the centenary of women’s suffrage in 2018.

The exhibition was conceived and curated by Smiths Row, which promotes contemporary art in East Anglia.

An accompanying programme includes family walking trails.

Mind the Gap runs until 24 February 2018 at Moyse’s Hall Museum, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP33 1DX. Mondays-Saturdays 10.00-17.00. Sundays 12 noon-16.00. Admission: £4, £2 (concessions)and £2 (children). The museum is 12 minutes walk from Bury St Edmunds station.