London Transport Museum Friends is a registered independent charity overseen by a Board of Trustees. The organization has over 2000 individual members, who are all committed to supporting the activities of London Transport Museum and the care of its collections.
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Conservation and fundraising
London Transport Museum Friends raised £700,000 towards the Museum redevelopment. Their fundraising activity has financed numerous conservation and restoration projects, including the 1938 Tube stock train and the 1931 LT-type 'Scooter' single-deck bus. They have also enabled the installation of rolling stacks at the Museum Depot at Acton to allow vulnerable library materials and ephemera to be stored safely in appropriate environmental conditions.
Most recently the Friends received a Project Planning Grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to investigate the feasibility of restoring four of the Museum's Q-stock District Line cars dating from the 1920s and 1930s to operational condition. London Transport Museum and the Friends have submitted a bid to HLF for a grant towards the costs of restoration of three of the four carriages.
In addition to raising funds, the Friends also organize meetings, visits and other special events, and publish a regular and informative Friends newsletter. They promote awareness of the Museum's activities and individual Friends contribute many hours of volunteer work to the Museum each year.
Individual membership benefits
- Free entry to the Museum in Covent Garden
- Concessionary entry to Museum Depot Open Days at Acton
- Discounts on purchases in the London Transport Museum shop and during Museum Depot Open Days
- Discounts at the Upper Deck café
- Advance information about Museum events
- Wide-ranging opportunities to get involved in voluntary work for the Museum and Friends
- Quarterly Friends newsletter
- A programme of meetings and visits on transport-related topics.
Individual or family subscription rates
Anyone can become a London Transport Museum Friend. Full details of subscription rates and membership categories can be found on the application form, available on the link below.
Friends Newsletter (PDF format)
London Transport Museum Friends
39 Wellington Street
Tel: +44 (0)20 7565 7296
Fax: +44 (0)20 7565 7256