Depot Open Weekends
The Museum Depot at Acton houses the majority of the Museum's collections which are not on display in the main Museum in Covent Garden. With 400,000 items, including many original works of art used for the Museum's celebrated poster collection, vehicles, signs, models, photographs, engineering drawings and uniforms, it’s a wonderful treasure trove that together form one of the most comprehensive and important records of urban transport anywhere in the world.
New for 2013 are the newly restored Metropolitan Line Steam Locomotive No. 1 and the Metropolitan Jubilee Carriage 353 which was originally built in 1898 and is one of the oldest working underground carriages. The gleaming carriage, finished with gold leaf and carrying no fewer than ten coats of varnish, bears little resemblance to the sorry-looking hulk that was used as a garden shed, and subsequently restored by experts at the Ffestiniog Railway in Wales.
Tube150 Behind the Scenes at Acton Depot
Date: 28-30 October and 1-3 November 2013
Time: Doors open at 11:00am
Join us for our behind-the-scenes events at Acton Depot as we continue to celebrate the 150 anniversary of the London Underground.
Tube150 Behind the Scenes Open Weekend
Date: 1-3 November
This year we have a three day Acton Open Weekend with doors opening on Friday 1 November. Visitors will be able to explore the Depot’s impressive historic collection of over 400,000 objects with posters and artworks – which form one of the most important collections of graphic art in the world – engineering drawings, signs and ephemera and our marvellous collection of historic road and rail vehicles.
As well as having a rare opportunity to explore the Museum’s treasures there will also be a number of activities for families and adults to enjoy throughout the three day Open Weekend. These include:
- Creative workshops and activities for families and for adults
- Miniature tram rides
- Miniature railway rides
- Talks and film screenings
- Heritage bus rides
- Artist Ross Ashmore live painting of the Metropolitan Locomotive No.1 and Jubilee Carriage 353
- Curator-led tours of the small object collection
- Costumed interpreters - look out for a Victorian steam train traveller, an 1880 tunnel miner and a 1930s suburban housewife
- Signalling frame demonstrations – help operate signals using the Westinghouse power frame from Marble Arch which dates back to approximately 1906 and the Westinghouse style N lever frame circa 1936
- Talk by Ross Ashmore about his project to paint pictures of all London Underground stations
- You can add your photographs of the Depot Open Weekend to our Flickr group; the one that gets the most “likes” will win a prize.
- Retail from the Acton shop including decommissioned original luggage racks, train models from Bachmann, Hornby and Exclusive First Editions.
Artist Ross Ashmore
Open Weekend Activities
Storytelling: Sally Steam and her time machine
Time: 11.30 and 14.00
Sally Steam longs for some excitement – and her wish is granted when she meets time-travelling carriage 353. Join Sally as she hurtles through time to meet all sorts of characters, and even has an encounter with royalty! Help tell the story with songs and actions. Drop-in, suitable for children of all ages with their parents or carers.
Transport yourself into the future!
Time: 11.45 – 16.30
Imagine what travel around London might look like in the future and create your own 2D models of vehicles, passengers and use your ideas about futuristic transportation – your imagination is the limit! Then make your creations come to life with stop-frame animation specialists Chocolate Films. Your creation could make it into a film to be displayed at London Transport Museum. Drop-in, suitable for children of all ages with their parents or carers.
Flickr Photo Challenge
Explore the hidden treasures of the Depot on this Flickr trail. Take your own creative snaps to answer the ‘clues’, and be as imaginative as you can! Upload your masterpieces to our Flickr stream. Will your photograph be the most popular and win a goody bag? Bring your own camera or smartphone. Self-guided, suitable for families, young people and adults.
Sending the right Signals
Discover how signalling works by building your own working Lego signalling track. Get hands-on with engineering behind the scenes by exploring the signalling handling trolley and meeting TfL signalling engineers.
Open Weekend Tickets
£10.00 Adult, £8.00 concessions
Tickets can be purchased on the day at the Depot. Children under 16 free. Tickets are valid for entry on all 3 days of the Open Weekend.