Explore London transport collection


London Transport Museum’s Depot, Acton.

This week, for four days only, London Transport Museum’s Depot in Acton, West London, will open its doors for the public to explore this working collection store and the museum’s iconic collection of transport posters dating from around 1905.

Taking place from Thursday (April 21) to Sunday (April 24), the Art Of The Poster Open Days are part of the BBC’s Art That Made Us Festival. Visitors will have the chance to tour behind-the-scenes in the Depot’s fascinating poster store – usually closed to the public – and enjoy talks, creative workshops and family activities which will reveal how art and design has characterised London and its transport for more than 100 years. The much-loved London Transport Miniature Railway will also be running on the Saturday and Sunday for passengers to hop aboard replica models of Underground trains used on the Metropolitan line between the 1920s and 1960s.

The London Transport Museum Depot is a trove of transport treasure housing more than 320,000 artefacts, including historic Tube trains, buses, trams, maps, signs and a collection of more than 30,000 posters. Representing up to 7,000 designs, artists featured in the collection include Abram Games, Dora M Batty, Edward McKnight Kauffer, Man Ray, Dame Laura Knight and Max Gill.

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