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Many of our collections can now be viewed online. Use the links on the right to go to our dedicated collections website and explore one of the world’s greatest collections of urban transport, social history and design. 


London Transport Museum holds one of the finest poster archives in the world. For over 100 years, since the first graphic poster for London Underground in 1908, London Transport has commissioned work from the best artists and designers available. Copies are kept of every work produced. Some 5,000 posters and 1,000 original artworks were transferred to the Museum in the 1980s, and the collection has continued to grow ever since. You can browse the posters by artist, theme, colour and date and many are available to buy as reproductions from our Museum shop.

Browse posters online


The photographic collection shows London's public transport history from the 1860s to the present day. The core of the collection is made up of the old London Transport photographic archive: more than 150,000 black and white photographs. There is also a smaller amount of colour material, as well as historic albums and prints from all periods. Over 22,000 of the very best images are now available to view and purchase as reproductions online where you can browse the photographs by location, theme, and date.

Browse photographs online


London's public transport companies have used moving images to promote and document its services and the work of its staff since the early years of the twentieth century. This online archive selection of eight films covers the period from 1910 to 1970.


Vehicles are the heart of our collection. Browse the collection by vehicle type: buses, trams and trolleybuses, trains, taxis and more.

Online Museum

In November 2007, London Transport Museum in Covent Garden re-opened after a £22 million pound refurbishment. The Online Museum allows you to explore all the objects on display at Covent Garden by gallery or collection type. Using the Online Museum is a great way to prepare for a visit to the real Museum, especially if you are a teacher or group leader.

Go in-depth with some of our essays and topic sheets. Read about key individuals in the history of London Transport, like Frank Pick, Lord Ashfield and Charles Yerkes. Discover the history of London Transport in the First and Second World Wars. Take a closer look at the iconic roundel symbol through a special selection of objects covering 100 years.