London Transport Museum is a great resource for community groups. Through project funding and partnership with organisations across London, we deliver varied projects that aim to inspire creativity and support skills development for all. Find out about some of our recent projects below.
Project 353 celebrates the restoration of one of the oldest surviving carriages that ran on the world’s first underground railway – ‘Jubilee’ class Metropolitan Railway carriage, number 353. Project 353 was delivered as part of the 150th anniversary of the London Underground in 2013. The Museum worked with community groups on a range of creative learning projects inspired by Carriage 353. During each project;
- Participants worked together, supported by the Museum, to produce creative pieces inspired by the history of the Carriage
- Their work was then showcased in a local exhibition and presented to the public
- Participants invited family & friends to these exhibitions to show off their work and to celebrate their achievements
- As part of the programme, participants could choose to work towards an accredited learning award
The project began in autumn 2011 thanks to an HLF grant totalling £422,000, and with further support from London Transport Museum Friends. It concluded in early 2014 with a final exhibition at London Transport Museum: A Carriage Through Time.
All our Stories
The ‘All our Stories’ project engaged people who have experienced homelessness through inspiring visits to six London museums. In workshops at London Transport Museum participants acquired the skills to develop museum tours, and delivered them to their peers. The project was run in partnership between St Mungo’s, the Workers’ Educational Association and London Transport Museum. You can find out more about the project in the video above.
Funding from Arts Council England in 2013 allowed families from All Souls School in Westminster to develop a story inspired by the collections at London Transport Museum. ‘Adventure on the Underground’ follows Cool Mouse, Underground Mouse, Tick Tock the Clock and China the cat as they make friends and have an adventure together. The story is designed for families learning English – you can read all the text for the full story, or follow the large-print text for a simple version.
You can use the story as a tour around London Transport Museum, looking at eight objects chosen by the families (there’s a handy map to help you find them). There are even questions to help you look at them more closely. You can also read the story at home – you don’t have to visit to enjoy reading it together!
There are two versions of the story, so you can choose the best one for your printer: