Exhibitions

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Current Exhibition

Designology

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Discover the art and aesthetics behind the functional and familiar at our exhibition designology. The exhibition explores how design is encountered in our everyday journeys and how this has evolved over the last century, as well as looking at how our travel experiences might develop in the future. From the visual to the virtual and from Victorian engineering genius to modernist masterpieces, designology uncovers the fascinating designs and processes behind London’s moving metropolis.

Highlights of the exhibition will include posters from the golden age of travel, historic maps, tickets and signage, and a pop up design Studio where visitors will be able to find out more about contemporary design innovation. As visitors make their way through the exhibition they will begin to recognise the underlying design that surrounds them - design hidden by its familiarity in everyday life.

Designology Studio

Come and take part in our year-long public programme of events, situated in the ‘pop-up’ designer’s Studio integrated into our temporary Designology exhibition. The programme will be actively exploring how good design makes life in London better, through residencies and participatory workshops. Over the coming year we will be exploring three themes:

  • Social Behaviour, Wayfinding, Data and Mapping (May – July 2016)
  • Beyond the Surface (August – September 2016)
  • Designing the Tube (October 2016 – February 2017)

Entry to the Studio and the programme of events is included in the cost of museum entry and tickets are valid for the whole programme.

Late Debates

We will also host three end of theme Late Debate events. These symposia-style events will focus on the particular topics and themes that have been explored in the studio over the past months and will feature invited speakers, panel discussions and workshops.

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Weaving futures

21 November 2016 to 18 February 2017

Full programme: Weaving futures [2.5 MB]

Between November 2016 and February 2017, London Transport Museum will be highlighting the importance and potential of woven textiles to the London Transport system, through a programme called Weaving Futures, curated by design industry experts Philippa Brock and Samuel Plant Dempsey.

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Late Debate: Designing the Tube

Date: Thursday 26 January 2017
Time: 18:45 – 22:30
Location: Covent Garden
Price: Adults £12; Concessions and LTM Friends £10

Enter LATEDEBATE at checkout and get 25% off (online bookings only) 

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Give your brain a New Year workout during London Transport Museum’s fun Late Debate on the evening of 26 January 2017. Guests will be able to enjoy interactive debates, talks and workshops, as well as a bar, live music and the Museum’s special Designology exhibition.

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Upcoming Exhibitions

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Sounds of the City

Opening 19 May 2017

Sounds of the City is an exhibition of 100 illustrations that interpret artists’ relationships with sound in an urban context. Taking inspiration from the familiar, the curious, the persistent and the distinctive chorus of sounds we hear about us day and night, we celebrate the hubbub and the quiet spaces, the songs and the sounds, of our vibrant, diverse, multi-layered cities.

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Poster Girls

Opening 13 October 2017 

Girl power comes to Covent Garden when Poster Girls - a major new exhibition about 20th and 21st century female graphic artists opens at the Museum in the autumn of 2017.

Poster Girls will highlight some of the key female artists who have designed for London Transport and Transport for London including Dora Batty, Herry Perry, Laura Knight, Anna Zinkeisen, Margaret Calkin James and Freda Lingstrom. The artists and featured work will be examined and contextualised by both the era in which they lived and worked and their style, looking at influences both from within the design community and from the wider world. 

As well as stunning original posters from London Transport Museum’s collection, Poster Girls will include accompanying material such as letters, books and ceramics, photographs and original artworks. The exhibition will look at their diverse portfolios beyond posters and the context in which they were designing posters, the background story to their careers, and, importantly, their influence on 20th century design.