The collections at London Transport Museum comprise more than 450,000 objects which cover all aspects of public transport in London from 1800 to the present day. Our objects reveal the social history of transport, the urban history of London and the technical advances that have moved millions of Londoners over two hundred years.
Leonard Symeonides is running the London Marathon on Sunday 23 April 2017 to raise money for London Transport Museum’s Enjoyment to Employment programme.
What is Enjoyment to Employment?
London Transport Museum has launched a new and exciting initiative called Enjoyment to Employment which aims to inspire the next generation of children and young people in science, technology, engineering and maths (S.T.E.M.) subjects turning childhood enthusiasm for transport into careers in transport.
Why is Leonard raising money for this cause?
“The London marathon is clearly on the top of my list of marathons I would like to take part in; running in a charity place gives me the additional motivation and satisfaction that I am not only striving to achieve my personal goal, but I am working to make a positive difference in a cause I believe in. [sic] Having worked in companies with a strong engineering focus in the past I am only too aware of the problem of the lack of engineers in the UK. Employment to Enjoyment sounds like a very clever way to address this, and inspire youngsters at a stage when they are naturally inquisitive about how things work or how they can be built!”
Do something extraordinary for 2017 and inspire young people to be the future of London transport by running for London Transport Museum. Virgin London Marathon is an event for runners of all levels to enjoy and you can take part by applying for our charity place.
By participating in the event you will be supporting London Transport Museum’s Enjoyment to Employment programme, which turns children’s love of transport into a fulfilling careers.
The Museum is a heritage and education charity and the world’s leading museum of urban transport. There will be an application process and a minimum sponsorship pledge of £1,500. If you have your place in the Marathon, don’t worry, you can still fundraise for us.
Contact us: [email protected]
Deadline for applications: 9:00 on Monday 21 November 2016.
Help us turn childhood enthusiasm into adult achievement through Enjoyment to Employment - a programme which makes careers in transport tangible for toddlers, teenagers and everyone in between.
According to the Engineering UK 2016 The State of Engineering report, over half of all businesses expect difficulty in recruiting Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) skilled staff in the next three years.
By the start of secondary school only 4 in 10 eleven year olds see a career in engineering as desirable and only six girls in every thousand will obtain an engineering and technology degree.
Enjoyment to Employment is a long term solution to a serious long term problem – a lack of engineers.
Help us to bridge the gap between children and young people and transport and give them a fantastic future in the industry.
London Transport Museum is a registered charity number 1123122.
Image © Tom Lovelock
Paul Ross has been a Patron of London Transport Museum since the launch of its Patrons Circle on a special trip around the Circle Line on board the beautifully restored 1938 Tube stock train in February 2014.
Paul shares his story about why he decided to become a Patron:
“I have been a long-standing supporter of London Transport Museum because it features a superb collection of both static and operational vehicles.
These include many that I remember from when I was growing up in east London and some that I got to know during my professional career, having spent all my working life with London Transport [Transport for London].
When the Patrons Circle was announced, it seemed a perfect way to increase my support for the Museum and I have enjoyed some fascinating ‘behind the scenes’ visits to parts of London’s transport infrastructure.
As an enthusiast of the Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway going back to my childhood, I thought I should offer my fellow Patrons the chance to visit this unique steam railway and a traditional seaside lunch of locally caught fish and chips.
The Patrons’ special ran non-stop from Hythe to Dungeness, hauled by the 1931-built steam locomotive Winston Churchill and included the railway’s Royal Saloon and sole-surviving Clayton ‘Pullman’ compartment coach dating from 1927.
I think the best part of the day for me was the photo ‘run-past’ at Romney Warren where we had the chance to take photos of our special train on the move.”
As a charity London Transport Museum relies on the generous support of individuals to carry out its education and heritage work.
The Patrons Circle provides the opportunity to experience exclusive vehicle rides and access magnificent architectural structures rarely seen or accessed through tailor-made events, while providing vital support to the Museum’s charitable work.
As part of exclusive package, Patrons Circle events this spring include:
· the opening reception of our latest exhibition Designology
· curator-led tour of the British Postal Rail Museum store
· road trip on Route 309 on a immaculately restored T792 bus
If, like Paul you would like to go behind the scenes of London’s transport heritage or wish to buy a truly memorable yearlong gift for someone who shares a love of London’s innovative history then visit the Patrons Circle website or contact the Development team on 020 7565 7442 or [email protected]