Depot Discovery

The Museum Depot at Acton holds the majority of the Museum's collections which are not on display in the main Museum in Covent Garden.

It houses a treasure trove of over 320,000 items of all types, including many original works of art used for the Museum's celebrated poster collection, vehicles, signs, models, photographs, engineering drawings and uniforms. Together these form one of the most comprehensive and important records of urban transport anywhere in the world.

The Depot's main purpose is to act as a working museum store. It provides 6,000 square metres of storage space in secure, environmentally controlled conditions. Here our curators and volunteers work to catalogue and conserve objects to preserve our heritage for future generations.

Depot Discovery films

For a personal introduction to some of the fascinating objects stored at Acton, explore this series of short films introduced by Museum staff, Friends of London Transport Museum, and volunteers.

You can browse by category below, or watch the whole playlist on Youtube!

A Routemaster bus

Vehicles

A spiral escalator

Engineering and technology

A poster showing a policeman and two travellers

Posters and artwork

An old map of the Underground

Maps and photos

A model of a horse-drawn bus

Small object store

Tickets

Tickets and ephemera

The front of the Museum

Visiting

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Bundle of products inspired by sporting posters

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Fathers day gifting

From moquette socks to mugs and clothing inspired by Dad's favourite sports, we've got a great selection of Father's Day gifts at our shop! 

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3 posters with wartime transport workers

Collections

Object of the month

'Seeing it Through' was a series of posters commissioned in 1944 which commemorated the everyday acts of heroism by civilian workers during the Second World War.

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