London Transport Museum

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Your favourite Hangouts host, Alex Grundon, was on BBC Radio Northampton earlier today to talk all things #HiddenLondon ...
03/02/2021

Your favourite Hangouts host, Alex Grundon, was on BBC Radio Northampton earlier today to talk all things #HiddenLondon and more... Have a listen (Alex is on from 00:44)! https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p094fqvj

Families, are you looking for something to brighten up this grey day? Download our colouring in sheets and have fun brin...
03/02/2021

Families, are you looking for something to brighten up this grey day? Download our colouring in sheets and have fun bringing some colour to our classic poster designs with the little ones 🎨 https://www.ltmuseum.co.uk/activities

In 2006 Art on the Underground commissioned British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare CBE to design the cover of the Tube ...
03/02/2021
Poster; Tube map, by Yinka Shonibare, 2006 | London Transport Museum

In 2006 Art on the Underground commissioned British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare CBE to design the cover of the Tube map. In his artwork, Global Underground, Shonibare transferred all the different colours of the Underground lines onto a world map #MuseumColour ltmuseum.co.uk/collections/collections-online/posters/item/2006-13400

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In the early years of the Underground, the Metropolitan and Metropolitan District Railway worked closely together and we...
02/02/2021

In the early years of the Underground, the Metropolitan and Metropolitan District Railway worked closely together and were expected to merge on completion of the Circle line. The two companies became bitter rivals instead, although they eventually co-operated to complete the circle, as shown on this 3rd edition map from 1884 #MindtheMap ltmuseum.co.uk/collections/collections-online/maps/item/1992-658

#DYK that the Central line didn't always use to be red? Maps from our collection show that the Central line was orange w...
02/02/2021

#DYK that the Central line didn't always use to be red? Maps from our collection show that the Central line was orange while the Bakerloo line was red!

From the late 1930s, lines were given the colours we see today. Current Tube maps follow Transport for London’s standard colour guide, which even has a specific colour naming scheme.

To mark #LGBTHM21, throughout February we're sharing items from our collection that help us to highlight some of the sto...
01/02/2021
Pedestrian crossing; "LGBT+" network temporary rainbow pedestrian crossing, TfL, 2014 | London Transport Museum

To mark #LGBTHM21, throughout February we're sharing items from our collection that help us to highlight some of the stories of LGBT+ people in transport.

This is London’s first ever rainbow crossing. Produced by Transport for London’s LGBT+ Staff Network Group, OUTbound, it appeared at the junction of Pall Mall East and Suffolk Street during Pride in London in 2014. It will go on display at the Museum later this year https://www.ltmuseum.co.uk/collections/collections-online/infrastructure/item/2015-11131

pedestrian crossing

Ever wondered when did the Tube lines get the colours we know today? Or why the tiles at Leslie Green's stations have di...
01/02/2021

Ever wondered when did the Tube lines get the colours we know today? Or why the tiles at Leslie Green's stations have different colours? And what is the official colour of the Waterloo & City line? All will be revealed this week as we're exploring the theme of - you guessed it - colour!

Anyone who's visited and travelled in London will be familiar with Oxford Circus station, but do you know its secret his...
30/01/2021
Hidden London Hangouts S3E4 - Oxford Circus

Anyone who's visited and travelled in London will be familiar with Oxford Circus station, but do you know its secret history? Explore London's busiest Tube station with the Hangouts team in today's episode. Join the YouTube premiere & live chat at 18:00 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inQ4s-vDMYM&feature=youtu.be

The team explore one of London's busiest stations, Oxford Circus. This station is familiar to anyone who has ever visited London but hides a secret history o...

30/01/2021

What was the daily routine of a conductor on a horse-drawn vehicle in Victorian London? Find out in this audio clip from our gallery 🔊🐎

This #mysteryobject from our collection dates between 1896-1897. Can you guess what it is?
29/01/2021

This #mysteryobject from our collection dates between 1896-1897. Can you guess what it is?

Have you always wanted to go behind the ropes and peek inside the gorgeous Omnibus on display in our Victorian gallery? ...
29/01/2021

Have you always wanted to go behind the ropes and peek inside the gorgeous Omnibus on display in our Victorian gallery? Have a look at this 360 photo!

Today we're focusing on small objects and ephemera in our collection that help us tell the story of Victorian transport ...
29/01/2021
Guide book; London General Railway, Steamboat and Omnibus Guide to London, issued monthly by H Elliot, No 24 September 1858. | London Transport Museum

Today we're focusing on small objects and ephemera in our collection that help us tell the story of Victorian transport in London, just as much as our beloved vehicles!

This Omnibus guide book included a list of routes (with the respective fares and frequency), railway services, plus some interesting advertisement, including one for the Thames Tunnel. Can you guess how much the toll to cross the tunnel was? ltmuseum.co.uk/collections/collections-online/ephemera/item/1998-109250

guide book

On Saturday 24 January, Bernard Donoghue, Director of the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA), talked abou...
28/01/2021

On Saturday 24 January, Bernard Donoghue, Director of the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA), talked about our #HiddenLondon virtual tours on Channel 4’s #SundayBrunch. Did you miss it? You’ve still got 26 days to watch the episode https://www.channel4.com/programmes/sunday-brunch

Meet Nance and Ned, two Victorian horses driving their horse bus from Paddington to Bank. Can you guess what happens to ...
27/01/2021
Singing and Stories - Nance and Ned

Meet Nance and Ned, two Victorian horses driving their horse bus from Paddington to Bank. Can you guess what happens to them during their difficult journey? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npnNA5fgXzs

Enjoy this story about Nance and Ned, two horses driving their horse bus from Paddington to Bank in the early 1900s, but can you guess what happens to them d...

27/01/2021

During the Victorian era, keeping London’s public transport running required 50,000 horses 🐎🐎

Can you imagine what London's streets used to look and sound like? Play the clip to find out!

This 1871 map from our collection was part of a booklet produced to accompany the opening of the line from Blackfriars B...
26/01/2021
Booklet produced to accompany the Opening of the Line from Blackfriars Bridge to Mansion House station, published by the Metropolitan District Railway, July 1st, 1871 | London Transport Museum

This 1871 map from our collection was part of a booklet produced to accompany the opening of the line from Blackfriars Bridge to Mansion House station by the Metropolitan District Railway #MindtheMap https://www.ltmuseum.co.uk/collections/collections-online/ephemera/item/2009-11501

company publication

Our collection originated in the 1920s when the London General Omnibus Company (LGOC) decided to preserve an early B typ...
26/01/2021
Road vehicle; London General Omnibus Company 'garden seat' type horse bus, circa 1881 | London Transport Museum

Our collection originated in the 1920s when the London General Omnibus Company (LGOC) decided to preserve an early B type motor bus and two Victorian vehicles - a Thomas Tilling 'Knifeboard' horse bus and 'garden seat' horse type bus.

This horse bus was operated by the London General Omnibus Company (LGOC) from 1880-1911. It was the lightest and strongest vehicle of its type in the world and could carry 28 people at nearly 8mph. ltmuseum.co.uk/collections/collections-online/vehicles/item/1981-526-part-0

road vehicle

In the first part of the 19th century, public transport in London was expensive and offered passengers little choice wit...
25/01/2021
B/W print; an engraving of a Pre-1829 Omnibus, 1820 - 1840 | London Transport Museum

In the first part of the 19th century, public transport in London was expensive and offered passengers little choice with Hackney carriages holding a monopoly in the City. Travelling by short stage or hackney coach could only be afforded by the better off ltmuseum.co.uk/collections/collections-online/photographs/item/1998-87083

b/w print

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Covent Garden Piazza
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The London Transport Museum is situated in the heart of Covent Garden, and is easily accessible from a number of stations. Underground: Covent Garden, Leicester Square, Holborn, Charing Cross Buses: Strand or Aldwych (RV1, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 139) Rail stations: Charing Cross and Waterloo

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Exploring 200 years of transport history

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.

The Museum was granted charitable status in 2007 which has enabled us to secure funding from new sources such as the Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England, and trusts and foundations including the Luke Rees-Pulley Charitable Trust, thereby extending our learning and engagement programmes. This funding enables the Museum to offer learning opportunities, skills development and engaging programming to a wide variety of audiences.

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Hi everyone, I know ours is not a London Transport Museum bus but I wanted to wish everyone at the museum a Merry Christmas and let you know just some of our latest exciting heritage news. Our 1953 Bristol KSW 5G ECW open top double decker WNO 481 more famously known as 1972 Wings Tour Bus will be restored in 2021 to Paul McCartney & Wings layout and livery. Delighted to receive this accolade recently, "Many of us have a big collection of Beatles memorabilia... but only one fan in the whole world has a double-decker bus with a Beatles connection" and to report that what has been called "The world's biggest Beatles collectible" Looking forward to bringing her to LTM in the not too distant future, post restoration. Once WNO 481 is back to her beautiful best she is scheduled to make her first public appearance in 25 years. Interested in seeing or even driving this legend of rock and road? Let us know in the comments below. We are very proud that the bus features on the front cover of the latest edition of the FBHVC Magazine and in a 6 page article inside. https://www.facebook.com/1972wingstourbus/posts/399013508203539
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