Tim Dunn

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Tim Dunn is an almost impossibly enthusiastic broadcaster, geographer, historian and writer. His joy and delight in sharing wonderful things positively beams from the screen – taking us all on journeys of discovery.

A historical geographer by training, off-screen he has curated museum exhibitions, has been a museum trustee, is on the advisory panel of the UK’s Railway Heritage Trust and is the Travel Editor for Europe’s leading rail and coach app, Trainline. His encyclopaedic knowledge of, and passion for, transport and architecture make him a natural fit for any specialist factual project involving travel, railways, heritage, engineering and buildings.

TV Presenter: UKTV’s Yesterday Channel “The Architecture The Railways Built” (S1: 2020, S2 and S3: 2021).

Presenter of three hit series (30x60’). Much of the content originates from Tim’s own work and Series 1 broke records for the channel’s own commissions.

  • “A delightful young man with so much enthusiasm for his subject you wish it could be turned into a flavour of ice cream.” (Radio Times)
  • “No one loves railways more than Tim Dunn, whose enthusiasm makes this programme extraordinarily engaging.” (The Times)
  •  “You could leave Tim Dunn on any rail platform anywhere in the country, and he’d probably make a fascinating TV programme about it.”(Daily Mail)
  • “Railway historian Tim Dunn’s boyish enthusiasm for his subject overcoming any suspicion that it’s just one for the anoraks.” (Metro)

TV Co-Presenter: BBC4’s “Trainspotting Live” (2017)

Described as the series’ “breakthrough star”, he played an energetic part co-presenting three nights of frenetic live TV - from rail station platforms right across Britain.

Contributing historian to:

  • Britain’s Greatest Invention (BBC2)
  • The World’s Most Scenic Railways (Channel 5)
  • Brunel (Channel 5)
  • History Erased (History Channel)
  • Scotland From the Air (BBC2)
  • Trains That Changed the World (Yesterday)
  • Secret Railways (Yesterday)
  • Impossible Railways (Yesterday)
  • Various on BBC News Worldwide, Radio 2/4/5/6, Sky News, Podcasts

Social Media Event Presenter and Host:

  • Science Museum Group “End of Steam Live” (from aboard a mainline steam loco, 2018)
  • National Railway Museum “Rocket Returns” (2019)
  • London Transport Museum “Hidden London”, “Depot Discoveries” (2018/19)
  • Assorted heritage railways and visitor attractions (2016- present)

Contributing writer for:

  • The Daily Express
  • The Daily Mail
  • The Metro
  • Rail, Railway Magazine, Heritage Railway Magazine
  • The Countryman, Londonist and Creative Review
  • Several books and journals on modern architecture

Radio broadcasting

  • The Boring Talks – Model Villages – for BBC Radio 4 (2017)
  • Regular Transport Correspondent for BBC London Robert Elms Show

Tim is also probably the world’s only “model village and miniature city expert” and published his quintessentially British and typically quirky book, “Model Villages” in 2017. He is a frequent speaker, advisor and media contributor on this topic.