A Carriage through Time
Date: 7 February – 6 April 2014
This exhibition showcases the work of community partners inspired by London Transport Museum’s restoration of Metropolitan Railway Jubilee carriage No. 353. The restoration was part of the Museum’s celebration of the 150th anniversary of the London Underground in 2013.
The carriage was built in 1892 by Craven’s of Sheffield. It is the only surviving example of a Metropolitan Railway first class four-wheeled Jubilee carriage. Following its withdrawal from service in 1905 the carriage was used as a clubhouse for American servicemen, a low cost home, an antiques shop and a farm outbuilding. Fortunately it lasted long enough to be acquired by the London Transport collection in 1974.
Working with community groups with little or no previous experience of visiting museums, the carriage was used as a starting point for a series of creative learning programmes known collectively as Project 353. Participants took a personal journey, exploring the way in which heritage and history relates to their lives now and in the future.
The exhibition includes artwork created by groups from Action Acton, Action Space, Acton High School, Affinity Sutton, Anstee Bridge, Church Street Library, National Autistic Society and the Portman Early Childhood Centre.
Please Note: The exhibition will be closed to the public for a stakeholders Private View on Thursday 20 February, 13.00 -16.30
The Museum would like to thank all those who have made A Carriage Through Time possible.
In particular we are grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund and the London Transport Museum Friends for funding the restoration of Metropolitan Railway Jubilee carriage No. 353 and the associated creative learning programme, Project 353.
The Serco Prize for Illustration 2014 – London Stories
Exhibition opens Friday 14 February 2014
Across the ages, London has produced and inspired countless stories. Fictitious and real characters and events in this amazing city have always held fascination, from anecdotal urban myths to grand tales of historic legend.
London Stories, an exhibition featuring the best of the entries for The Serco Prize for Illustration 2014 features 50 works of art.
Entrants were asked to create an illustration which visually captures a well-known or obscure London narrative; stories that are contemporary or historical, real or imagined.
The shortlisted illustrations celebrate a vibrant, multi-layered London – urban myths, historic events, remarkable characters and London’s animal population. From ghost buses, Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show of 1887 and Lenin’s ‘love letter to London’ to a Pearly King and Queen, and an escaped Monkey jazz band. Other entries depict the ravens and the white bear of the Tower of London, Tin Pan Alley as well as literary and musical references such as The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Girl from Petrovka, Mary Poppins, Sweeney Todd and Oranges and Lemons. For the first time the exhibition will feature five short animated films. From the rise and fall of high rise tower blocks, LDN Flying machine to the animated video about “Our Town”.
Shop for a range of products and posters exclusively from the exhibition.
BackgroundThe Serco Prize tor Illustration continues Transport for London's legacy of design that dates back over 100 years. The Museum's collection of graphic art is one
of the best in the world and includes over 5.000 posters and artworks by famous artists including Man Ray, Paul Nash and Edward McKnight Kauffer.
This is the fourth year that Serco, who operate the Barclays Cycle Hire Scheme and Docklands Light Railway, has supported the competition. Both these transport modes provide an opportunity to discover some of the Capital's most famous stories and for new ones to be created.
The Association of Illustrators (AOI) is a non-profit trade association with a membership that includes freelance illustrators, agents, clients, students and colleges. Established in 1973, it is the only organisation to represent illustrators and campaign for their rights in the UK and has successfully increased the reputation of illustration as a profession as well as improved the commercial and ethical conditions of employment.