Documentary Curators

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With the support of Arts Council England, here at the London Transport Museum we are collecting the exceptional and everyday stories, objects and experiences of transport in London.

The Documentary Curator programme brings more contemporary material to the Museum and enriches the Museum’s historic collections. Documenting transport at the Museum means working with all kinds of material, including photographs, objects, stories, artworks, sound works and oral histories.

As well as our programme of collecting projects we respond quickly to events and collect as situations unfold.

We rely on the help and participation of people to donate their stories and experiences, to create inclusive new collections.

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Documenting COVID-19

The Documentary Curator programme aims to respond to situations as they unfold. COVID-19 is having a huge impact on those working on, and using, transport in London. To prioritise safety we would emphasize donors keep in line with the government’s social distancing advice, and only offer material gathered during the course of their essential journeys.

If you have material relating to London’s transport and COVID-19 which you think might be of interest, please keep it aside for the museum to consider as a potential acquisition. Do bear in mind that we will not be able to keep everything, and we will review and process any material offered at a later date. Thank you.

Contemporary collecting toolkitContemporary Collecting: an ethical toolkit for museum practitioners

Contemporary collecting involves people making decisions about preserving lived experience, knowledge, stories and objects and as such can venture into complicated ethical territory.

The toolkit aims to be a useful resource for people embarking on contemporary collecting or with some previous experience of the practice. It is also for anyone wishing to learn more about some of the processes. It offers insight from practitioners who have been leading this work and have reflected critically on their practice.

Download the toolkit

Text-only version [Word, 1.83MB]

We are keen to encourage the use of the toolkit to prompt discussion, collaboration and support across the sector, and hope that, as practice and dialogue on the topics included evolve, that the toolkit can evolve, too.

If you would like to arrange a meet-up or connect to a reading group meet-up, then please send an invitation or email to the Contemporary Collecting Group mailing list, or contact [email protected] for advice.

Contemporary Collecting Group

London Transport Museum supports the Contemporary Collecting Group network. You can find out more through the mailing list.

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Social Stations – A Contemporary Collecting Project

See all of our posts, and posts from our collaborators on our blog 


Get in touch

If you’ve got an object or story that documents or represents transport in London, and you’re interested in offering it to the Museum, please get in touch.

You can email the team at [email protected]

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