We have teamed up with MBNA Thames Clippers to create a special combined river bus and Museum ticket offer. Available from Wednesday 20 May the new single ticket package will mean families can enjoy May half-term children’s activities at the Museum and a scenic trip on the river with a 20% discount.
Children can also play in the recently opened All Aboard family play zone with its very own 'Thames Nipper' boat which was inspired by the boats that sail the Thames. Little ones can get in the driver’s seat of a real bus, repair a mini Tube train and play in the ‘Lost Property’ office, and the singing stars of the future can play musical instruments at the busking spot. They can also have fun serving passengers in the Nipper café or make driver announcements and help customers at the mini information desk using the magnetic message board, maps and clocks.
To book online go to http://www.thamesclippers.com
A single adult ticket offering river travel and Museum entry for the day costs £18.50 (concession single £14.40) and an adult return ticket costs £22.90 (concession return £17.10). Children aged 17 and under have free entry into the Museum.
Visitors catching MBNA Thames Clippers are advised to use Embankment Pier. This pier is the closest pier to the Museum and is only a ten minute walk away. With a twenty minute frequency and running from Embankment and the London Eye to North Greenwich this new single ticket combining the river and a Museum visit makes for a perfect day out.
The winner of the Prize for Illustration 2015, chosen from over one thousand entries worldwide, has been announced. The competition, which is run by Association of Illustrators (AOI) and London Transport Museum, was open to illustrators throughout the world and this year’s theme was London Places and Spaces. Artists were invited to capture an iconic or lesser known place or concept in a single illustration and prizes were awarded on three levels: Gold, Bronze and Silver.
Brighton based illustrator Eleanor Taylor scooped the coveted Gold prize for her illustration of the Royal Observatory in Greenwich. The Silver prize went to Carly Allen-Fletcher for Compound City, and the Bronze prize to Eliza Southwood for Parkour at the South Bank, making it an all-women top line-up in 2015.
The prestigious annual competition is open to illustrators and students of illustration throughout the world. This year’s theme is London Places and Spaces and artists were invited to respond to the competition brief calling for entries that reflect the Capital’s distinct personality and characteristics.
The judging panel, made up of art and design experts shortlisted 100 illustrations from over 1000 entries. All of the entries including the three winners will be on display at London Transport Museum in Covent Garden Piazza from 15 May to 6 September 2015. Together the illustrations take visitors on a visual journey across London with images which range from the contemplative to the crowded and loud, imaginary or real and from the past to the present.
Shop the range of Prize for Illustration 2015 posters online now.
Artist: Eleanor Taylor
Illustration: The Royal Observatory, Greenwich
Medium: mixed media
Artist’s summary: The Meridian laser marking the route of Greenwich Meridian beams out over the London skyline from the Royal Observatory in Greenwich. It can be seen with binoculars from over 60 miles away.
Artist’s background: Eleanor Taylor works as an illustrator from her home in Brighton, East Sussex. She graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2011 and in 2012 was shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing Prize. Eleanor has worked for many different clients including The New York Times, Guardian, and the Wall Street Journal. She recently illustrated David Almond’s latest book Half a Creature from the Sea which was published by Walker Books in 2014. Eleanor is represented by Heart Agency. www.eleanortaylor.co.uk
Artist: Carly Allen-Fletcher
Illustration: Compound City
Medium: mixed media, digital
Artist’s summary: Compound City, a place made of many different parts. Busy streets and quiet spaces, warm sunsets and cold skyscrapers.
Artist’s background: Carly Allen-Fletcher is a freelance illustrator living and working in the Midlands. She studied Illustration at Loughborough University. Her work explores the combination of digital painting and traditional media, creating images by layering graphic shapes with painted textures and handmade elements. She is inspired by nature and geometric forms. www.carlydraws.com
Artist: Eliza Southwood
Illustration: Parkour at the South Bank
Medium: digital based on an original pencil drawing
Artist’s summary: Inspired by the parkour kids who use the wonderful Brutalist backdrop of the South Bank as their stamping ground.
Artist’s background: Eliza Southwood practiced as an architect for ten years before deciding to take up a career as an artist and illustrator full-time in 2011. She specialises in making screen prints of cyclists but also enjoys drawing the built environment and is a big fan of Brutalist buildings like the South Bank complex. Clients include Rapha, Laurence King Publishing, Magma, the V&A Museum, Brompton Bicycles, Boneshaker magazine, Cycling Active magazine, Sustrans, London Cycling Campaign, and the Orbital Bike Festival. She has also undertaken several artwork commissions for private clients. www.elizasouthwood.com
You can buy reproductions of all of the artworks in the exhibition online by visiting our Museum shop.
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.”
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.”