Past Events - Depot Open Weekend: March 2012
Depot Open Weekend: March 2012
Date: Saturday 10 to Sunday 11 March 2012
Time: 11:00 - 17:00 (last admission 16.00)
Visitors can explore behind the scenes at London Transport Museum Depot, Acton over the weekend of Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 March. The London’s transport in miniature open weekend will feature working transport model layouts exhibited by guest professional and amateur modellers. Displayed in various sizes and scales, and in the finest details, they cover all modes of London travel from Underground trains to trams.
As the custodian of the world’s most comprehensive and important record of urban transport, the Museum stores over 370,000 objects under one roof and the collection comprises of road and rail vehicles, posters and artworks, engineering drawings, signs and ephemera. Highlights include curator led tours of the small object store, rides on the Depot’s miniature railway, which features steam and electric trains and, trips on full size heritage vehicles. Visitors can also enjoy trips on the Wootton Electric Tramway, brought over especially from the Isle of Wight, which will carry visitors along its own tracks around the Depot powered by overhead electric wiring.
Talk: Victorian Engineering at its best
Saturday 10 March 2012,12.30pm and 3.00pm
Join Robert Hulse, Director of the Brunel Museum as he discusses the renowned Victorian Father and son engineers Marc and Isambard Brunel whose most famous achievement was the Thames Tunnel, the world’s first under water tunnel.
Sunday 11 March 2012
12.30pm and 3.00pm
Roger Torode, author of the newly published book Midland Red Style, which was written in partnership with Malcolm Keeley, will be talking about the history of Midland Red, the development of its vehicles, design and publicity, and about the surprising second-life of some of its buses with London Transport. Roger will also be signing copies of his book and answering questions.
The Museum’s collection of engines and larger than life objects are on display and the Museum’s curators have chosen their top ten. Pick up a map and discover why the ‘torpedo’ ventilation fan was designed to also run backwards or why the London Underground network uses a four-rail-system. Not forgetting to check out the infamous ‘spiral elevator’.
Activities include engineering inspired craft workshops where children can build, stick and glue and younger visitors can enjoy noisy storytelling and singing sessions. The Tickets please collection handling station give families the opportunity to handle some of the objects from the Museum’s collection including the Gibson ticket machine.
For model collectors
A special limited edition model bus commissioned by London Transport Museum will be launched on Saturday and will be available to purchase during the London’s transport in miniature open weekend.
Tickets are valid on both days and cost £10.00 for adults, £8.00 for senior citizens, £6.50 concessions and £5.00 London Transport Museum Friends. Accompanied children under 16 Free.
The Museum Depot is open Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 March from 11.00 to 17.00 with the last admission at 16.00. The Depot is located in Acton at 2 Museum Way, 118 – 120 Gunnersbury Lane, London, W3 9BQ. The nearest Tube station is Acton Town (District and Piccadilly Line). Check before you travel at tfl.gov.uk.