Research

The library at Albany House

As well as visiting the Museum at Covent Garden, there are many other ways to use the collections at London Transport Museum to find out more about London's public transport, past present and future.

Research online

The Museum is continually adding to the ways in which you can access our collections. You can explore our Collections online, browse Information resources and delve into the Exploring twentieth-century London website too.

Research in the Library

You can do research at the Museum Library, by appointment, at Albany House, 98 Petty France, London SW1H 9EA (a few steps from St James’s Park Underground station).

Our unique Library collection contains over 15,000 books, journals and special collections covering the development of London and its public transport. The collection also covers the wider transport story in the history of art, architecture and design.

To find out more about the Library and how to make appointments to visit, see our see our Library page.

Research at the Depot

The Museum Depot at Acton holds the main collections of vehicles, signs, posters, photographs, ephemera, plans, drawings and small objects.

As the Depot is a working store, research visits are limited to the days set aside for this purpose. Most collections are accessible for research but not all. If you are interested in specific material please contact the Duty Curator by email or phone, giving as much information as you can about your request, and provide a contact number.

If access is possible, an appointment can be made to visit and look at material. Visits are available on Mondays. To arrange a research visit, please suggest at least two dates on a Monday when you are able to visit and give at least two weeks’ notice. If you are unable to visit on a Monday, other days may be possible by arrangement if sufficient notice is given.

Duty Curator contact details

Tel: +44 (0)343 222 5000, select option 3, and ask to speak to a Duty Curator (available Mondays and Thursdays only)
Email:  [email protected]

Research into family history

The Museum does not have any responsibility for formal personnel records. Surviving company records are managed by Transport for London Corporate Archives. The main source of information at the Museum for individual employees is our series of staff magazines, which include some individual names from 1914 onwards. Because many formal records have not survived, the staff magazines often provide the only remaining reference to individuals employed by the organisation. They also provide a fascinating insight into the social and working lives of ordinary people across the organisation at different times. Our information sheet summarises the records available at the Museum. A visit to the Library can also be helpful for background research. It may, for example, help you identify which company your ancestor could have worked for and whether any records exist.

Family history at London Transport Museum [193 KB]

Archives

The official records for Transport for London, London Transport and predecessor companies are administered by Transport for London Corporate Archives Please check their catalogue and contact them direct for information about surviving records.

Contact us

Email: [email protected]

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