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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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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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!