London Transport Museum

London Transport Museum
Covent Garden Piazza
London
Greater London
WC2E 7BB
England

Website

www.ltmuseum.co.uk

E-mail

enquiry@ltmuseum.co.uk

Telephone

24 hour information line

020 7565 7299

Administration

020 7379 6344

Booking office

020 7575 7298

Fax

020 7565 7254

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Lively new galleries tell the story of London's transport system and how it shaped the lives of people living and working in London. The Design for Travel gallery showcases original artworks and advertising posters. The Museum also features vehicles from the past, present and future including the iconic Routemaster bus and the world's first Underground steam train.

The entire collection of this museum is a Designated Collection of national importance.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

Sat-Thurs 10:00-18:00 (last admission 17:15)
Fri 11:00-18:00 (last admission 17:15)
Check website for Friday Lates programme

Admission charges

Adults £13:50; Concessions £10
All individual tickets purchased after 20 October 2010* allow unlimited admission to the museum for a 12 month period from date of purchase. Tickets are intended for use by the purchaser only and are non transferable. Please retain your ticket for future use.
* Tickets purchased before 20 October 2010 were valid only for one day and cannot be reused.

Under 16's: free

Discounts

  • Museums Association

This museum's wide-ranging collections, including vehicles, posters, uniforms, photographs, film, architectural fragments, engineering drawings and oral testimonies are all Designated Collections of national importance. The wealth of material is used to great effect to chart the development of the first public transport system in a major city.

Of special significance amongst the vehicle collection is a locomotive and carriage from the City and South London Railway of 1890, the first underground electric railway in the world. The reserve collections are now accessible to the public at the Depot, the Museum's open-access store, whilst more information about the collections continues to be made available through the Museum's website and electronic databases.

Collection details

Social History, Science and Technology, Land Transport, Decorative and Applied Art, Archives

Key artists and exhibits

  • Designated Collection
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
photograph of exterior of london transport museum

Goodbye Piccadilly: From the Home Front to the Western Front

  • 16 May 2014 — 8 March 2015 *on now

Discover the impact on London life and the surprising role London’s bus drivers and their buses played on the Western Front.

The exhibition will look at the huge social change accelerated by the outbreak of the First World War. The exhibition will underline the fact that while the men were away at war, women were employed for the first time by the London General Omnibus Company as conductresses and clerks.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Normal Admission Charges Apply

Website

http://www.ltmuseum.co.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/upcoming-exhibitions

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
B-type Bus Farewell

Grand Depart from Folkestone

  • 18 September 2014 8:45am-2pm

Join us for the Grand Depart of the newly converted Battle Bus at Folkestone when it will travel by Eurotunnel bound for Calais. Folkestone was the main embarkation point for troops and for many it was their last sight of
Blighty. The bus will be open to the general public who will have the opportunity see for themselves the conversion of the bus into a troop carrier and into War Department livery.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Poperinge

Battle Bus Arrives at Poperinge, Belgium

  • 19 September 2014 From 10:30am

London Transport Museum's Battle Bus begins its commemorative tour at Poperinge, gateway to the WW1 battlefields. Throughout the Great War Poperinge, or ‘Pops’ as the British soldiers called it, was used by the British Army as a gateway to the battlefields of the northern Ypres Salient. It was an
important rail centre behind the front line and was used for the distribution of supplies, for billeting troops, for casualty clearing stations and for troops at rest from duty in the forward trench areas. Thousands of troops passed through this small town at some time or other. Join the tour for special events which will commemorate this historic site.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

"Heavy Traffic, railway traffic and other means of transport at Poperinge 1914-1918" exhibition. Admission Fee Adult 3 Euro Child under 13 years 1 Euro.

Ypres

Battle Bus travels to Ypres

  • 20 September 2014 9:30am-8:45pm

London Tansport Museum continues its commemorative journey at the city of Ypres. The British were associated with Ypres throughout the war, and involved in all four battles which bear the name of the town. During the war, the town was under almost constant bombardment, and was reduced to ruins.
The Battle Bus will visit the Flanders Field Museum and take part in the Last Post ceremony at Menin Gate.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

In Flanders Field Museum Adult €9; Youth 8-19 years €4; Youth 19-25 year €5; Child under 7 years free

Trench Westen Front

Battle Bus arrives at Zonnebeke

  • 21 September 2014 From 9:30am

London Transport Museum's Battle Bus continues its journey to Zonnebeke, site of the Battle of Passchendaele. The bus will visit Tyne Cot Cemetary and the Memorial Museum Passchendaele.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Memorial Museum Passendaele 1917 Adult €5; Student/child/under 26 years €1

Arras France

Battle Bus arrives in Arras, France

  • 23 September 2014 10:30am-4pm

London Transport Museum's Battle Bus arrives in the town of Arras,France. The bus will visit the Wellington Quarry Museum and tour the historic sites of one of the major battles of WW!.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Wellington Quarry Museum Adult €6.80; Child €3.10

Battle Bus France

Battle Bus arrives in Peronne, France

  • 25 September 2014 10am-4pm

London Transport Museum's Battle Bus arrives in Peronne, France. The Bus will visit the Historical de la Grande Guerre Museum and tour the towns of Peronne and Arras.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Historial de la Grande Guerre Museum (Château de Péronne) Adult: €7.50; Over 60: €6.20; Child/student/teacher: €3.80

Albert France

Battle Bus arrives at Albert, France

  • 26 September 2014 10:30am-4pm

London Transport Museum's Battle Bus arrives at Albert France as it nears the end of its journey. The Bus will visit Musee des Abris Somme and tour the town of Albert.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Musée des Abris Somme 1916 Adult €6; Child €4; Child under 4 years free

photograph of London Motor Bus in WW1

Goodbye Piccadilly - British Sign Language Curator Tour

  • 26 September 2014 11am-12pm

A BSL tour of the Goodbye Piccadilly exhibition.

The exhibition will present London Transport Museum’s unique perspective on the First World War, exploring how the conflict accelerated social change, how it impacted on the lives of Londoners, particularly women, and the essential role made by bus service staff and buses to the war effort, both at home and abroad.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Tickets: £8.00 (includes museum entry)

Website

http://www.ltmuseum.co.uk/whats-on/events-calendar#theonlyroad

Battle Bus

Battle Bus arrives at the Somme Battlefields

  • 27 — 28 September 2014 10am-4pm

London Transport Museum finishes its commemorative journey of the Western Front at the Somme Battlefields. The bus will tour historic sites and memorials to one of the most famous battles of the First World War.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Members of the Women's Land Army (WLA) smile for the camera as they sit or stand in a horse-drawn cart in a sunny country lane.

Kate Adie: Fighting on the Home Front

  • 14 October 2014 6:30-8pm

Bestselling author and award-winning former BBC Chief News Correspondent Kate Adie reveals the ways in which women's lives changed during World War One and what the impact has been for women in its centenary year. Followed by Q and A session.

Tickets to this event include admission to the London Transport Museum within one month of the event.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

Adult £10.00, Concession £8.00.

Website

http://www.ltmuseum.co.uk/whats-on/events/events-calendar#kateadie

photograph of London Motor Bus in WW1

The Social History and Cultural Significance of the London Bus

  • 18 October 2014 10am-4pm

From encouraging female emancipation, supporting the war effort in 1914-18, providing design classics and inspiring art the bus has become part of the cultural identity of London.

A one day conference for Year of the Bus, in which our prominent speakers look at the iconic nature of London’s red double-decker buses, their social history, economic impact and cultural significance.

Tickets include entrance to the museum galleries on the day. Tickets on sale February 2014.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

Day ticket £40.00, Concessions £35.00, Student £20.00.

Website

http://www.ltmuseum.co.uk/whats-on/events/events-calendar#symposium1

New Zealand machine gunners fitting machine gun belts with cartridges

1914 – 1918, From Home Front to Western Front

  • 15 November 2014 10am-4pm

Talks throughout the day explore the themes of the exhibition in more depth, and your ticket includes the chance to see the exhibition and our new poster parade display.

Tickets include entrance to the museum galleries on the day. Tickets on sale February 2014.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

Day ticket £40.00, Concessions £35.00, Student £20.00.

Website

http://www.ltmuseum.co.uk/whats-on/events/events-calendar#symposium2

illustration showing first world war fashion

Women, Fashion and the First World War

  • 18 November 2014 6:30-8pm

Join fashion historian Emmanuelle Dirix and discover how the First World War not only changed women’s lives, but the way they dressed as well. Followed by Q and A session.

Tickets to this event include admission to the London Transport Museum within one month of the event.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

Adult £10.00, Concession £8.00.

Website

http://www.ltmuseum.co.uk/whats-on/events/events-calendar#womenfashion

photograph of poppy on war memorial

Friday Late: Farewell Leicester Square

  • 6 February 2015 6:45-10pm

Join us as we bid farewell to the Goodbye Piccadilly exhibition exploring the life of Londoners during the First World War. Further details will be available shortly.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

Adult £10.00, Concession £8.00.

Website

http://www.ltmuseum.co.uk/whats-on/events/friday-lates#leicester

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Build a Bus

In this session students will become real engineers. By using gallery investigation and helping to build our magnetic bus, children will learn the different parts that make up a bus and the shapes that can be discovered from within.
Session length: 60 minutes
Group size: 30 pupils maximum
Designed for foundation and key stage 1 students

Creator

  • Stephen Moorhouse

Publisher

  • Stephen Moorhouse

How to obtain

Entry to the Museum is free for UK educational groups. Our learning sessions cost just £1.50 per pupil per session. Speak to our bookings team, 020 7565 7298 or e-mail bookings@ltmuseum.co.uk, to arrange a visit tailored to your needs.

Future Generator

http://future.ltmcollection.org

This online interactive offers a series of choices about how we may live and work in the future. At the end, possible scenarios run to demonstrate how choices we make now about recreation, housing and transport may affect the country in the future. There are also links to the reports and research into the science behind these calculations.

Is this the Way Home?

In this session students join our actor on the hunt for our mischievous mole, Montague Pinner. Montague has managed to get himself lost after a day out in London. By following the trail of clues your students help to find Montague and get him home safely!
Session length: 40 minutes
Group size: 15 pupils maximum
Session designed for foundation and key stage 1 students

Creator

  • Stephen Moorhouse

Publisher

  • Stephen Moorhouse

How to obtain

Entry to the Museum is free for UK educational groups. Our learning sessions cost just £1.50 per pupil per session. Speak to our bookings team, 020 7565 7298 or e-mail bookings@ltmuseum.co.uk, to arrange a visit tailored to your needs.

Next Stop… London!

In this story telling pupils get to climb aboard London Transport Museum’s story train on a journey around the sites and sounds of London. This session includes station stops at a Wembley Stadium football match, the monkey enclosure at London Zoo and the River Thames! Session length: 35 minutes, Group size: 30 pupils maximum
Session designed for foundation and key stage one.

Creator

  • Stephen Moorhouse

Publisher

  • Stephen Moorhouse

How to obtain

Entry to the Museum is free for UK educational groups. Our learning sessions cost just £1.50 per pupil per session. Speak to our bookings team, 020 7565 7298 or e-mail bookings@ltmuseum.co.uk, to arrange a visit tailored to your needs.

Platform Promenade

In this lively actor led schools session, students embark on an investigative journey through the Museum to discover differences between types of vehicles and how people travelled in the past. Group size:15 pupils; Duration 35 minutes; designed for foundation and Key stage 1 students.

Creator

  • Stephen Moorhouse

Publisher

  • Stephen Moorhouse

How to obtain

To book call or e-mail the Museum bookings team on 020 7565 7298, or bookings@ltmuseum.co.uk. Sessions cost £1.50 per student. Accompanying adults free.

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