Poster Parade - I Love London
Date: 7 February – Thursday 15 May
This year London Transport Museum is celebrating the Year of The Bus and to mark the centenary of the First World War the Museum is restoring one of the last surviving B-type buses. At the beginning of the War over 1000 operational B-type London buses were commandeered for transporting troops to and from the Western Front. They were also used as ambulances on the front line and even as a mobile pigeon lofts. Once restored to full working order, our Battle Bus will act as the centrepiece for a programme of commemorative events and displays.
Our latest Poster Parade I Love London features 20 posters specially chosen by staff here at the Museum that demonstrate what they love about living and working in London. Included in the poster parade is Summer outings by private bus by Verney L Danvers (1925).
Hail the taxi! Farewell Fairway
The Fairway FX4 taxi is retiring from licensed service to make way for newer cabs with lower emissions. A London icon, this classic cab has worked on our streets since 1958.
Over the years, new models were issued with modifications to the gearbox, engine and interior. The final FX4 update was the wheelchair-accessible Fairway in 1989.The Fairway spirit lives on in today’s TX-type taxis, which have adopted and adapted the FX4’s distinctive shape and style.
This display, which is near to the Museum’s own FX4 taxi, will feature objects on loan from the London Vintage Taxi Association (LVTA), including the ‘Blue book’ - the guide used by prospective cabbies to prepare for the famous ‘Knowledge of London’ exam - early fare books and taximeters, and a selection of models.
Faster, Smarter, Easier
Faster Smarter Easier is a display which reveals the massive project that is underway beneath the streets of London. Engineering innovation and new technology are being used to tackle congestion, increase capacity and make journeys faster. A continuous programme of Tube improvements is meeting the needs of Londoners, keeping the Tube moving today and into the future. This exhibition is designed to illustrate the link between what matters to passengers that travel on the tube and the type of improvements that are being made.
It includes a number of interactive exhibits that give both young and old visitors the opportunity to truly understand the principles that lie behind the engineering. In addition, a holographic print of the Victoria Station, a model of Bond Street station and a computer generated video showing a simulated walk through of the improved Bond Street station clearly illustrate the extent of the changes that are underway.
Future Journey, Future City
The Museum’s exciting new gallery, ‘Future journey, future city’, explores visions of future transport. After travelling through 200 years of London’s pioneering transport network, the lifeblood of our wonderful city, this new gallery invites you to gaze into the possible future of our global cities. A rolling programme of exhibits will explore the incredible innovations that passengers might expect to see in the future – from Royal College of Art students’ vehicle designs through to Cubic’s NextCity concept along with how people in the past envisaged the future.
We have to imagine the future before we can build it. Although the success of any one idea cannot be predicted, it is certain that innovation and creative thinking will be needed to transform our future cities. Innovation in technology and information systems, travel modes, architecture and infrastructure will all influence the urban future. Your personal needs and choices as you move through the city will also affect the tempo of change. Whatever direction we take or choices we make, transport will continue as the lifeblood of our future cities, including London - explore, experience and enjoy!
Look for Longer
Come and play this cryptic Underground game in the galleries. See if you can find the 75 London Underground and DLR stations hidden within this ‘Look for Longer’ interactive. You can also play at home at www.lookforlonger.com – get help from other players using #lookforlonger on Twitter and answer all clues to join the elite #75club.
This fun challenge has been brought to London Transport Museum by major sponsor, CBS Outdoor, as part of their Look for Longer campaign.