The Revelstoke Railway Museum’s new executive director Laura Young (Jake Sherman/Revelstoke Review)

The Revelstoke Railway Museum charts a new course

Laura Young is the Revelstoke Railway Museum’s new executive director

A museum is a place Laura Young never thought she would work. The native of Lichfield, England, has a background in forensic science and has worked extensively in hospitality and tourism. But for the recent Revelstoke transplant whose been working in her new role as the executive director at the Revelstoke Railway Museum for just two weeks, the future looks bright. Young’s enthusiasm is contagious.

“I like to throw 110 per cent of myself into every job I take on,” she says from behind her new desk. “There’s no point in coasting through life.”

And that kind of enthusiasm has characterized Young’s life.

Following university she moved to France with her boyfriend to do a ski season in 2004. That turned into a life spent in the mountains of Italy, France and Canada. Finally they decided to settle briefly in Whistler, and that taught Young how to work hard to play hard.

Young and her now husband were looking for more of a community feel when they came to Revelstoke for the first time in May of 2017. They fell in love with the town and came back in September and bought a house. They were planning to take some time off when Young saw the job posting for the position at the museum.

“I thought, let’s take a couple months off and just get the house in shape, go snowboarding,” said Young. “And then I saw this advertised on the Stoke-List, and I thought, I tick a lot of these boxes. My husband said, ‘just apply for it.’ So I did.”

Young has worked just about every job there is in hospitality and tourism, and has been involved with the Olympics in Whistler and London. Now she brings a fresh perspective to a history that has profoundly shaped our community. One she says she can’t believe has been as welcoming and dedicated as it has been.

People back home in England, Young says, are completely different and less focused on experience. But for Young, it’s really the little things: the volunteers showing up to shovel snow, or guide tours, her neighbours welcoming her, the smiles from complete strangers, that make this town such a special place to live.

Those smiles have helped encourage her to tackle a new job that she doesn’t have a manual for.

“It’s interesting to walk into a job where you don’t have a manual and you just have to figure it out,” said Young. “But the board is just so supportive and lovely. I want to make clear that I don’t want to change too much and that this is a museum first and a business second.”

That said, Young does have plans to bring in new initiatives, rent out the space, transform the website and gift-shop, and tell some of this town’s story by incorporating the use of digital media by doing things like having iPads available for visitors to scroll through some of the museum’s amazing archival photographs that have been digitized over the last two years. She also plans to increase revenue to help tell more stories and feature more exhibits.

“I am passionate about learning and education, passionate about the past,” she said. “This is an important part of my life that I’m moving into.”


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.


Laura Young behind her new desk (Jake Sherman/Revelstoke Review)

Just Posted

Muralist on board for Revelstoke’s LUNA Nocturnal Wonder festival

One of Kris Kupskay’s next projects is a mural on a 22… Continue reading

Chance of showers may not be enough to rid Okanagan of smoke

Wind and chance of thunderstorms competing factors in this week’s forecast

UPDATE: Darke Lake residents under evacuation alert

Fire crews battling wildfire in rural community west of Summerland

BC Wildfire crew rescues lost puppies

They were just leaving the Monashee Complex of fires when they found the cutest creatures.

Casual memberships now available through the Kootenay Carshare Coop

The Kooteany Carshare Cooperative is now offering a new casual membership. Waving… Continue reading

Filmmaker captures the smoke that enveloped the Shuswap

Check out this video of the haze that blanketed Salmon Arm

Smoke looming in Okanagan could affect wine

Smoke taint could sour this years vintages if ash falls on grapes

Vehicle fire on the Coquihalla

Heavy congestion in north bound lanes

Cool Creek fire near Princeton grows to 6,900 hectares

The Cool Creek fire is threatening recreational homes in high elevation north west of Cathedral

Columbia Shuswap directors allocates cash to secure rail trail funding

Money will help create trail network on former Armstrong to Sicamous corridor

Prime minister greeted by B.C. premier as cabinet retreat begins

PM Justin Trudeau and Premier John Horgan meet in advance of federal cabinet meetings in Nanaimo

Are your kids anxious about going back to school?

BC Children’s Hospital offers tips to help your children be mindful and reduce stress

New trial ordered for James Oler in B.C. child bride case

Meanwhile, appeal court dismisses Emily Blackmore’s appeal of guilty verdict

This trash heap in Vancouver could be yours for $3.9 million

Sitting atop 6,000 square feet, the home was built in 1912, later destroyed by fire

Most Read