Collecting policy

London Transport Museum's collections cover a wide spectrum of materials and media, including vehicles, rolling stock, posters and original artworks, signs, uniforms, photographs, ephemera, maps and engineering drawings. Together, they make up the most comprehensive record of urban mass transit in the world.

By conserving and explaining the Capital city's transport heritage, London Transport Museum offers people an understanding of the Capital's past development and engages them in the debate about its future. We adopt the highest standards of curatorship and communication, and aim to be the world's leading museum of urban transport.

Donation to the Museum

If you are considering offering an item to the Museum, please send a description, including measurements and photos if possible, by email to [email protected], or by post to; 

Duty Curator
London Transport Museum
39 Wellington St
London WC2E 7BB

Please do not send anything in without confirmation from us, and don’t bring anything to the museum without an appointment. We cannot accept walk-in donations and do not wish you to have a wasted journey.

Offers to the collection are assessed at the monthly meetings of our Collections Development Group. We are not able to accept everything for our permanent collection; please do not be offended if we do not accept your item – it may be due to one of the following reasons:

  • We already have a similar item in our Collection.
  • The item does not fall within our Collecting Policy.
  • The item is not in good condition, or contains hazardous material.
  • There is insufficient information about the history of the item.

Photographs

Photographs, sildes and digital images are a special category. We only accept offers of these items if the donor owns the copyright, and is prepared to transfer it to us; the donation process explicitly includes the transfer of ownership, including copyright, to the Museum.

We rarely borrow photos to scan them for the collection, because we cannot use them unless we own the copyright. 

Tel: +44 (0)20 7565 7274 (Mondays and Thursdays only)
Email: [email protected]