London buses made a significant contribution during the First World War, acting as troop carriers and ambulances. To mark the centenary, the Museum restored this historic London B-type bus (B2737) to operational condition and converted it into a First World War Battle Bus. The project was achieved with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and London Transport Museum Friends.
Alongside the restoration and conservation of B2737 we are running an in-depth learning and engagement programme linked to the events of the First World War. Each year the programme is working with different groups of volunteers to investigate new perspectives related to the Battle Bus. We aim to bring to life the stories of those most affected by the war, and the role of transport within it.
Battle Bus project 2017
During 2017 the focus of the project is on ‘London’s Threat’. We have been working with Year 4 students at Lancasterian Primary School in Tottenham, to explore the Home Front during the First World War. Using comic books as inspiration they have created stories and illustrations that will form part of the Battle Bus Exhibition 2017.
Battle Bus project 2016
During 2016 the focus of the project was on Tottenham, the home of many of the requisitioned B type buses. We worked with three teams of young volunteers to co-curate an exhibition called From Tottenham to the trenches.
From Tottenham to the trenches
Date: 23 October 2016 until 4 June 2017
Location: Bruce Castle Museum, Haringey
This exhibition co-curated by young volunteers marked the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. It uncovers the story of London buses and the lives of local people from Tottenham who were affected by the First World War.
Find out more about the exhibition on the Bruce Castle Museum website