Rob Shorland-Ball has a longstanding interest in railways. On graduating from university he began a career in education and in 1975 moved into the museum and heritage sector as curator at Worsbrough Flour Mill Museum in Barnsley. Then, in 1981, he became director of the Museum of East Anglian Life followed by Deputy Head and Project Development Director of the National Railway Museum in York. He is now a consultant in the museum and heritage sector. His main research is recording the story of the Roller Flour Milling Revolution, from the 1820s to the Present.