After a two year, £22.4m refurbishment, London Transport Museum has a new vibrant and modern feel. This can be experienced throughout its unique and varied gallery, theatre and boardroom spaces. Located in the heart of Covent Garden, this truly 'London' venue, celebrates one of the capital's favourite talking points, the red London bus.
Paul Ross has been a Patron of London Transport Museum since the launch of its Patrons Circle on a special trip around the Circle Line on board the beautifully restored 1938 Tube stock train in February 2014.
Paul shares his story about why he decided to become a Patron:
“I have been a long-standing supporter of London Transport Museum because it features a superb collection of both static and operational vehicles.
These include many that I remember from when I was growing up in east London and some that I got to know during my professional career, having spent all my working life with London Transport [Transport for London].
When the Patrons Circle was announced, it seemed a perfect way to increase my support for the Museum and I have enjoyed some fascinating ‘behind the scenes’ visits to parts of London’s transport infrastructure.
As an enthusiast of the Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway going back to my childhood, I thought I should offer my fellow Patrons the chance to visit this unique steam railway and a traditional seaside lunch of locally caught fish and chips.
The Patrons’ special ran non-stop from Hythe to Dungeness, hauled by the 1931-built steam locomotive Winston Churchill and included the railway’s Royal Saloon and sole-surviving Clayton ‘Pullman’ compartment coach dating from 1927.
I think the best part of the day for me was the photo ‘run-past’ at Romney Warren where we had the chance to take photos of our special train on the move.”
As a charity London Transport Museum relies on the generous support of individuals to carry out its education and heritage work.
The Patrons Circle provides the opportunity to experience exclusive vehicle rides and access magnificent architectural structures rarely seen or accessed through tailor-made events, while providing vital support to the Museum’s charitable work.
As part of exclusive package, Patrons Circle events this spring include:
· the opening reception of our latest exhibition Designology
· curator-led tour of the British Postal Rail Museum store
· road trip on Route 309 on a immaculately restored T792 bus
If, like Paul you would like to go behind the scenes of London’s transport heritage or wish to buy a truly memorable yearlong gift for someone who shares a love of London’s innovative history then visit the Patrons Circle website or contact the Development team on 020 7565 7442 or [email protected]