Project 353 celebrated the restoration of one of the oldest surviving carriages from the world’s first underground railway – Jubilee class Metropolitan Railway carriage, number 353. Project 353 was delivered as part of the 150th anniversary of the London Underground in 2013. The Museum worked with community groups on a range of creative learning projects inspired by Carriage 353. During each project:
- Participants worked together, supported by the Museum, to produce creative pieces inspired by the history of the carriage.
- Work was showcased in local exhibitions and presented to the public.
- Participants invited family and friends to the exhibitions to show their work and celebrate their achievements.
- As part of the programme, participants could choose to work towards an accredited learning award.
The project concluded in 2014 with a final exhibition ‘A Carriage Through Time’ held at London Transport Museum:
Flickr album: A Carriage through Time
Happy Museum Project
The Happy Museum Project is an organisation and movement. It supports museums delivering programmes that increase personal and social wellbeing and promote sustainable ways of working.
London Transport Museum partnered with local charity St Mungo’s, an organisation that provides support for those who are homeless, or who have experienced homelessness. The project aimed to develop volunteering roles in visible and valued positions across the Museum. From engaging the public through our object handling sessions to supporting curators in maintaining the Museum’s historical vehicles. Throughout the project participants gained skills in presenting to the public, doing research, and building confidence working with others.
Building on the success of the Happy Museum Project, London Transport Museum is proud to be an ongoing partner with St Mungo’s. Delivering workshops and activities as part of St Mungo’s Recovery College.
Johnston Journeys was a project celebrating the centenary of the Johnston typeface. This is the unique lettering created by Edward Johnston in 1916 and still used in an adapted form by Transport for London today. The project had two stages of delivery. The first was working with volunteers to develop a ‘Johnston Tour’ of the Museum’s Depot at Acton. The second stage brought together volunteers from the first project with young people who had little or no previous experience of working with a museum. These volunteers were called Johnston Ambassadors. They worked together to develop a creative response to the items in the Museum’s collection that were associated with the story of Edward Johnston. Their final work was made up of 100 hand-printed ceramic tiles. It is on display in the Museum’s permanent galleries and helps visitors learn about the story of the Johnston typeface.