From places of transportation to places of display: the Ankara railway area from the mid-to the late 20th century

Gür, Zeynep
With the arrival of the railway in Ankara in 1892, the industrial area of Ankara was shaped in accordance with and around the railway station. This thesis firstly examines the formation of the railway area that started with this prominent step and went on in accordance with city plans and constructions, and then analyzes the history of the transformation of some of the buildings in the area into places of display in relation to the different approaches to museum practice and conservation of railway heritage in Turkey as well as the changes in the urban context of Ankara. Thus, the study aims to evaluate the railway area in Ankara as it was formed as a transportation node and the gate of the city from the late 19th to the mid-20th century, and transformed into a cultural node towards the end of the 20th century with the transformation of the historic buildings in the area into places of display at the Atatürk House and Railway Museum (1964), Railway Museum and Art Gallery (1990), Open-Air Locomotive Museum (1991) and CerModern (2000).


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Citation Formats
Z. Gür, “From places of transportation to places of display: the Ankara railway area from the mid-to the late 20th century,” Thesis (M.S.) -- Graduate School of Social Sciences. History., Middle East Technical University, 2019.