Bus manufacturer Optare has given a custom built bus to London Transport Museum for the new All Aboard family play zone which opens to the public on 28 March.
The Solo midi bus was suspended in mid-air before being loaded up into the upper deck of the All Aboard play area by a crew of lifting specialists from Allelys using a heavy duty fork lift.
The distinctive design of the Solo is a favourite with bus operators and passengers alike and now it will hold a firm place in the hearts and minds of young explorers visiting the Museum who will be able to sit in the driving seat and operate the indicators, change the bus blinds and check out the CCTV.
All Aboard has been designed especially for children aged 0 to 7 years and as well as being able to get in the driver’s seat of the Optare Solo they will be able to repair a mini Tube train and play in the ‘Lost Property’ office. They can enjoy ‘sailing’ the Thames Nipper, serve passengers in the Nipper café, fly the Emirates Air Line cable car, make driver announcements and help customers at the mini information desk. The singing stars of the future can also play musical instruments at the busking spot.
The Solo’s low entry floor combined with the front axle forward of the front door allows for easy access to a fully flat lower saloon area, meaning the vehicle is perfect for very young children to climb aboard.
Sam Mullins, Director of the Museum, said “We are very grateful to Optare for transforming their latest Solo bus into a memorable interactive learning experience for our young visitors. The Optare bus will be a key attraction within our new All Aboard family play zone, and a heavily visited, and photographed feature for all our Museum visitors. The new play zone will encourage our youngest visitors to learn through imaginative and creative play, using role play and dressing up as they become a bus driver or mechanic, and learn about some of the essential jobs which enable the transport system to function.”
Enrico Vassallo, CEO of Optare, commented, “When the London Transport Museum told us how popular the previous Optare bus had been with the children in the gallery, we were only too pleased to supply a custom built version of our latest Solo model, which is available in both Euro 6 diesel and full electric for the next generation of young people to enjoy and learn about bus travel in the new purpose built gallery at the Museum.”
In just less than one week London Transport Museum (along with With 1400+ other museums in 55 countries!) will be taking part in #MuseumWeek from Monday 23 to Sunday 29 March 2015 and we want you to tweet, share, favourite and generally get creative and involved.
Led by a dozen community managers from French museums and cultural establishments in partnership with Twitter’s teams, #MuseumWeek 2014 brought together 630 museums across Europe. In 2015, the objective is twofold; to bring a global dimension to the event and encourage even more of the general public to take part in a fun, community initiative.
To see what we have planned for #MuseumWeek you can pick up our wonderful postcard at the Museum Ticket Desk or print off your own using the link below. We look forward to seeing you on Twitter!
#secretsMW Join us on Twitter as we go behind-the-scenes at the Museum for the first day of #MuseumWeek, revealing hidden objects and fun facts.
#souvenirsMW Share mementos of your past visits to @ltmuseum or of your souvenirs, homewares and gifts from our award-winning @ltmuseumshop.
#architectureMW The Museum is based in the beautiful old Covent Garden flower market. Take pictures, be creative and share them with the world.
#inspirationMW The ‘Roundel’ logo is a design icon that belongs to London and to you. Find and share your Roundel today, whether on the street, underground or in our galleries.
#familyMW Today is all about the kids, and we want to see them having fun at the Museum. We’ll also be telling you about our new All Aboard Family Play Zone opening tomorrow.
#favMW Over to you - Share your favourite object, collection item or display with us.
#poseMW And once more - strike a pose and share your selfies all day in the galleries.
This year, London Transport Museum secured its first ever gold bond in the largest charity running event in the world - the 2015 London Marathon!
Mark Collier delivers training for existing operators and operational managers on the Northern and Central lines and will be running 26 miles for the Museum. Mark will raising £1,500 for the Museum's Route into Work programme which helps young people not in education, employment or training. His raising £1,500 will mean 7 young people will get to participate in the Route into Work programme and they will gain the skills and confidence they need to begin a meaningful career. You can support Mark as he trains through the chilly wet winter weather by donating to his fundraising page.
I have chosen to raise funds for the Museum because I wanted to raise the awareness of all the great work that goes on there, in restoring and displaying such a vast array of London’s transport history for people both local and around the world.
All of my children have visited the museum on more than one occasion over their lives and they have thoroughly enjoyed their experiences seeing the wonderful vehicles and items on display as well as all the interactive items. It’s also wonderful to be able to show them what I do at my job now as well as what it was like when I drove Route Master buses around London.
My older son chose the London Underground for his work experience in preparation for his apprenticeship and he spent most of his time exploring the museum to gather knowledge about the history of London’s transport as well modern and future transport innovations. So much work goes on at the Museum that I didn't know about. One key project I would like people to be aware of is the Route into Work which helps young people not in education, employment or training.
Come and explore All Aboard, the Museum’s exciting new play zone opening on Saturday 28 March.
In the new play zone children will be able to get in the driver’s seat of a real bus, repair a mini Tube train and play in the ‘Lost Property’ office. They can also enjoy ‘sailing’ the Thames Nipper, serve passengers in the Nipper café, fly the Emirates Air Line cable car, make driver announcements and help customers at the mini information desk using the magnetic message board, maps and clocks. There is also the opportunity to look out for the ‘noisy seats’ on some of the vehicles which make funny sounds when sat upon, and the singing stars of the future can play musical instruments at the busking spot.
All Aboard has been designed for children aged 0 to 7 years and for the first time the Museum will have an area specifically for infants at the ‘Baby DLR’ which is equipped with an interactive wall and building blocks.
There is also a lot to enjoy elsewhere in the Museum:
30 March to 17 April (weekdays)
Our Easter holiday family events are inspired by the new All Aboard play zone:
The new All Aboard family play zone has been made possible with support from DCMS/Wolfson Museums and Galleries Improvement Fund, Luke Rees-Pulley Charitable Trust and bus manufacturer Optare.
London Transport Museum won the award for best online shop at the Association of Cultural Enterprises conference in Bournemouth on 3 March 2015.
The judges commended the Museum for having a crisp and elegant website which they regarded as a model of its kind in the sector. They were impressed by the simple navigation and presentation of beautiful products, ranging from vintage poster art to recycled London Underground luggage racks and to made to order furniture upholstered in iconic moquette fabric as used on London’s buses and Tubes.
The new website was launched in early December 2014 following a complex redesign which was managed by London Transport Museum’s in-house team and delivered by Internova – the Museum’s webshop provider.
The judges were impressed by the online business generating 28 per cent of the Museum's turnover since the redesign.
We are delighted to announce that two of our young apprentices - Elijah Bligh-Briggs and Hannah Steele - have won The Creative & Cultural Skills Apprentice of the Year Award.
This award recognises those who have shown exceptional ambition, talent, application and commitment to learning and making a significant difference in their place of work.
On winning the award, Elijah said:
“I am honoured to have been awarded Apprentice of the Year alongside Hannah; I feel that the awards and conference highlight the importance, value and benefit of apprenticeships for both young people and organisations, and the integral role they play in supporting the future of the creative and cultural industries.”
Hannah Steele added:
“Undertaking the Young People’s Skills Programme-Apprenticeship last year has allowed me to get my foot in a door that may have otherwise been closed to me, a young person with A-Levels as their highest qualification. It has enabled me to explore what I really want for my future and has seen me start to carve a career path, that challenges me, allows me to be creative and demands my attention.”