Temporary displays

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Driverless Futures: Utopia or Dystopia?

3 March to 23 April 2017

The first driverless vehicles are expected to be publically available from 2020. From 3 March – 23 April, the Royal College of Art will present an interactive design display as part of London Transport Museum’s Designology exhibition, that will explore the world of driverless vehicles as part of the GATEway project (Greenwich Automated Transport Environment).

The dawn of autonomous vehicles presents the most significant change in transport since the transition from horse-drawn carriages to motorised vehicles. As driverless technology develops, it is estimated that driverless vehicles will be prolific in our cities from 2050. This exhibition will dig deep into the impact these developments will have on our everyday lives, and will highlight real-life hopes and fears as well as ideas from Vehicle Designers at the RCA.

Driverless Futures will look at peoples, aspirations about driverless vehicles as well as their concerns by using the narrative of four fictional characters and scenarios based on real journeys. Thinking beyond traditional car-like vehicles to include systems, services and even architectural spaces, these future lifestyles might include an orderable bus service that takes commuters door-to-door and allows them to take a yoga class while travelling, or hirable drones that carry shopping bags home. Whether these changes will herald the end of busy commutes and personal freedom, or the loss of independence and the decline of healthy lifestyles, Driverless Futures will consider possible perspectives.

The designs and findings are drawn from new research that the RCA has developed through public workshops with over 100 participants, incorporating thousands of resultant hopes and fears for future cities.

Visitors to the display will be encouraged to put forward their own ideas for the future and thereby inform future investigations – from hopes, relating to accessible and affordable driverless vehicles with less stress, less pollution and safer streets, to fears, of streets and cities filled with intimidating machines and isolated people.

Workshops

London Transport Museum is inviting visitors to a series of workshops as part of its current Designology exhibition programme. Designers and Researchers from the RCA will be in the Studio meeting visitors and showcasing their work. 

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Poster Parade: Re-imagining historical posters

27 January to 27 April 2017

Our brand new Poster Parade looks at some of the classic designs that have gone on to provide inspiration for a new generation of artists. Whether promoting sightseeing in London or travel etiquette, these posters show us how memorable designs and messages can be cleverly reinterpreted for contemporary audiences.

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The Poster Parade is temporary display of posters from our collection that changes regularly. It can be found on the Mezzanine on Level 1 of the Museum. You can purchase copies of London Underground poster art online.

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The Design Line: stations, art and public space on London’s newest railway

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Take a tour of the new stations, art and public space on London’s newest railway in a new exhibition at London Transport Museum.

  • See miniature models of new stations and a sample of the new public artwork for Paddington station
  • Experience the journey from street to platform at some of the future stations in a new short film
  • Build Custom House station
  • Try out the new bench prototype
  • Touch real architectural samples used to build the stations

Crossrail is Europe’s largest infrastructure project. It is delivering 42kms of new tunnels, 10 new stations and improvements at many more and a series of exciting public art installations. This new exhibition tells the story of its design. 

Shop Crossrail

Platform for Design, a new book by architecture critic and RIBA Journal editor Hugh Pearman, is now available to coincide with the launch of ‘the design line’ exhibition. With over 150 visualisations and photographs, the book explores the design of the railway’s new and upgraded stations, the new public spaces, the trains and the artworks being delivered by Crossrail, Europe’s biggest infrastructure project.

Buy Platform for Design from the London Transport Museum shop.  

Shoppers will be able to buy gifts and toys inspired by the Crossrail tunnelling story such a crocheted mole and elegant posters. Design enthusiasts will love the new contemporary homeware gifts which are made from materials similar to those used in the building of Crossrail. There is also a collection of gifts moulded from concrete which are inspired by Crossrail’s tunnelling achievements. All the above Crosssrail related items will be available to buy in the Museum shop in Covent Garden and online.

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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!