Temporary displays

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Poster Parade: Poems on the Underground

29 April to 29 July 2016

To celebrate 30 years of ‘Poems on the Underground’, this new poster parade looks back at a selection of poems from the programme, which was developed by a group of friends who wanted to make poetry available to a mass audience. 

The exhibition showcases poems in the ‘Poems on the Underground’ style, with a selection of classical, contemporary and international work from famous and unknown poets on show. Four selected poems are available in specially-designed braille displays. 

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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Breakthrough: Crossrail’s tunnelling story

1 February to 5 June 2016

The exhibition brings to life the sheer scale of the work being done to deliver Crossrail, the new railway that will bring a 10 per cent increase to the city's rail capacity. Visitors will experience the tunnel environment, learn about the way Crossrail is burrowing under London, play interactive tunnelling games and hear the first hand experiences of those who work underground. 

The exhibition features a large, five metre high, walk-through installation of a cross-section of a Crossrail tunnel to allow visitors to experience what it might be like to stand in a tunnel which is under construction deep underground. The tunnel will contain a computer simulation of a giant boring machine in action, just like the one being used to dig Crossrail’s tunnels. 

Crossrail’s tunnel network will be joined up for the first time in spring when Tunnel machine Elizabeth reaches Farringdon in the big East-West breakthrough. The new line will run for more than 100km from Reading to Heathrow in the west, and to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east, via Central London.

Crossrail gifts and homewares

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.


Hail the taxi! Farewell Fairway

The Fairway FX4 taxi is retiring from licensed service to make way for newer cabs with lower emissions. A London icon, this classic cab has worked on our streets since 1958.

Over the years, new models were issued with modifications to the gearbox, engine and interior. The final FX4 update was the wheelchair-accessible Fairway in 1989.The Fairway spirit lives on in today’s TX-type taxis, which have adopted and adapted the FX4’s distinctive shape and style.

This display, which is near to the Museum’s own FX4 taxi, will feature objects on loan from the London Vintage Taxi Association (LVTA), including the ‘Blue book’ - the guide used by prospective cabbies to prepare for the famous ‘Knowledge of London’ exam - early fare books and taximeters, and a selection of models.

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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!