London Transport Museum

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London Transport Museum explores the story of London and its transport system over the last 200 years, highlighting the powerful link between transport and the growth of modern London, culture and society since 1800. We care for over 450,000 items - preserving, researching and acquiring objects to use in our galleries, exhibitions and other activities.

As well as exploring the past, the Museum looks at present-day transport developments and concepts for urban transportation in the future, which includes a contemporary collecting policy for the benefit of future generations.

Venue Type:

Museum, Transport heritage site, Gallery

Opening hours

Open every day from 10:00 to 18:00 (last entry 17.15)

Admission charges

Adults tickets from £16.50; Concessions from £15.50.
Kids and young people 17 and under go free.
Admission tickets are valid for 12 months and give unlimited daytime entry to the Museum.

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.
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Untangling the Tracks

  • 24 May 2019 — 31 May 2020

How do you untangle the tracks approaching one of the busiest stations in the UK?
How can you keep millions of passengers moving while undertaking a huge project to transform an ageing railway and its stations - and make sure they're kept up to date?

Visit our latest exhibition Untangling the Tracks - opening in May - to discover how the Thameslink Programme tackled the challenges of communicating major infrastructure projects to large audiences in creative ways.

Untangling the Tracks traces the history of the Thameslink route from 1866 through to the recent modernisation programme. It looks at the complexity of upgrading the UK’s railway network – the oldest in the world.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Free with Museum admission

Website

https://www.ltmuseum.co.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/untangling-the-tracks

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.
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The Poster Prize for Illustration 2019: London Stories

  • 8 February — 14 July 2019 *on now

Across the ages, London has produced and inspired countless stories. Fictitious or real characters and events in this amazing city have always held a fascination, from the anecdotal urban myth to grand tales of historic legend – from the everyday to the curious, and from the past to the present. The aim of the Poster Prize for Illustration competition 2019 is to attract artwork for display that is colourful, inspiring and celebrates the vibrant, multi-layered city that is London.

The exhibition will display 100 illustrations chosen from a competition and chosen by an independent panel of judges.

Artists were invited to visually capture a familiar or lesser-known narrative in a single image - current or historical, real or fictional which feature London. Stories could be those seen in a film or play, heard in poetry or music, or read in literature. They may be family anecdotes, or an impression of the artists' daily observations, or of London's history or contemporary city living. What stories does London have to tell?

Artists that impress the jury with their illustrated interpretation of a London story are in with a chance of having their work displayed at the famous London Transport Museum and winning the top prize.

The top 100 entries selected by a panel of judges will be displayed in an exhibition at London Transport Museum that will run from February to Summer 2019. The winners will be announced at an event during the exhibition opening week.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Free with general museum admission

Website

https://www.ltmuseum.co.uk/whats-on/exhibitions

Image of original Johnston's typeface printing blocks

Johnston Journeys tours

  • 8 June 2019 11am-1pm, 2-4pm
  • 10 August 2019 11am-1pm, 2-4pm
  • 12 October 2019 11am-1pm, 2-4pm

Perfect for enthusiasts of excellent design and for people who love our Capital’s history. Discover how Edward Johnston, the man behind London Underground’s typeface and the iconic roundel, changed passenger journeys forever. Hear about the challenges and ultimate successes of designs so powerful and adaptable, they now represent the essence of London itself.

Website

https://www.ltmuseum.co.uk/whats-on/museum-depot/guided-tours

Photo of a child against the official banner for the exhibition

May half term - Travelling with Thameslink

  • 24 May — 2 June 2019

During May half term, take part in our STEM-inspired workshops and story time sessions. Get creative with your family and make a turning train out of crafty materials that whizzes past your favourite city views, and hear about some of the amazing landmarks you can see along the Thameslink route.

Part of our new Untangling the Tracks exhibition.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free with Museum admission. Children go free.

A steam train going through an Underground station

Steam on the Underground – District 150

  • 22 — 23 June 2019 11am-5pm

Join London Transport Museum for the last chance to travel on a heritage steam train through central London to celebrate 150 years of the District line. Recreate the experience of being one of the first Londoners to travel underground and let an original steam train transport you into the heart of the Capital between Ealing Broadway and High Street Kensington. Mingle with Victorian characters on Ealing Broadway’s platform, and soak up the atmosphere whilst listening to live music from heritage Victorian brass instruments.

This will be the last time steam trains are expected to travel into central London on the Underground network, due to signalling modernisation that will provide more frequent services and improved reliability on the Circle, District, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

https://www.ltmuseum.co.uk/whats-on/events-calendar/heritage-vehicles-outings?

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.

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

Website

http://www.ltmuseum.co.uk

E-mail

bookings@ltmuseum.co.uk

Telephone

+44 (0)343 222 5000

Administration

020 7379 6344

Booking office

020 7565 7298

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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