Events calendar

Mind the Map

Date: Various
A new series of special events will challenge the perception that maps are simply used for getting from A to B. Organised in celebration of the Museum’s new exhibition, Mind the Map: inspiring art, design and cartography, the events will run from May through to September 2012.


Visitors will be able to refresh themselves with a ‘TomTom’ Collins cocktail in The Upper Deck café bar before heading to a variety of events.


Museums at Night 2012: Maps Unleashed

Date: Friday 18 May
19:00 - 22:00
Explore the Museum after hours with a glass of wine and enjoy the opening evening of Mind the Map: inspiring art, design and cartography. Release your inner geek and take part in a workshop led by artist Claire Brewster, commissioned to create new work for the exhibition and listen in on a reading from Craig Taylor, author of Londoners: The Days and Nights of London Now. Take a guided tour of the exhibition, while a guest DJ provides music for the night, and watch as the Museum’s cartographer extraordinaire maps the entire evening. This event is generously supported by TAG Fine Arts.
Tickets: £8.00 (£6.00 concessions)


Talk: Beck and Beyond

Date: Wednesday 20 June
18:30 - 20:00
Join senior curator Claire Dobbin, writer Mark Ovenden and psychologist Max Roberts for three different perspectives on Harry Beck, his legacy as the original designer of the diagrammatic map and alternative maps.
£10.00 (£8.00 concessions) includes entry to the event plus a free visit to the Museum within one month. Museum annual ticket holders £8.00 (£6.00 concessions)


Flickr Scavenger Hunt

Date: Saturday 30 June
11:00 - 17:00
Discover another borough, and look at London in a new way. Our Flickr Scavenger Hunt challenges you to answer our cryptic clues with an appropriate photograph, which you then upload to our Flickr group. Come to the museum at 11am and then head off to your prebooked area of London - those who book the south, will be exploring Croydon. The lucky people exploring the east are off to Hackney, northerners you’ve got Golders Green and Acton is the place of choice for those in the west. Mix it up and choose an area that you’ve never been to before or don’t know too well!
Tickets: This event is FREE however as places are limited booking is essential.


Film Screening: Cine-mapping

Date: Tuesday 3 July
18:30 - 20:30
Discover how film can be used to document a place or journey, creating an audio visual map that brings an area to life. Using film extracts guest speakers Christian Grou, Neutral and Chris Allen from The Light Surgeons will uncover a variety of methods to map places. Presented in partnership with onedotzero the event will also feature a Q&A led by Shane Walter.
£10.00 (£8.00 concessions) includes entry to the event plus a free visit to the Museum within one month. Museum annual ticket holders £8.00 (£6.00 concessions)


Tour: Walking the line - SOLD OUT

Date: Saturday 14 July
13:30 - 15:30
Ever wondered why there are no official flowerbeds in Green Park? Or why Sir Paul McCartney is the only person allowed to whistle in Burlington Arcade? Discover what lies above the Piccadilly Line during this walking tour with Mark Mason, author of Walk the Lines. Places are limited to 20 people. Tickets must be booked in advance.
Tickets: £10.00 (£8.00 concessions) includes ticket for the walk plus a free visit to the Museum within one month. Museum annual ticket holders £8.00 (£6.00 concessions)


Symposium: The Art of Maps and Mapping

Date: Saturday 29 September
10:00 - 16:00
Discover more about maps in contemporary art with this day of presentations and discussions from artists featured in the exhibition and cultural practitioners. Confirmed speakers include Simon Patterson, creator of the Great Bear, artist Jeremy Wood in conversation with Shane Walter, director of onedotzero, and artist Susan Stockwell.

Symposium Outline [1.39 MB]

Tickets: £30.00 (£25.00 concessions) includes lunch, refreshments and a visit to the Mind the Map exhibition.


Film screening: Cover Story

Date: Tuesday 23 October
18:30 - 20:00
For the past 12 years, Art on the Underground (AotU) has been commissioning and championing contemporary art and working artists, ranging from Richard Long to David Shrigley. As part of the Mind the Map exhibition, AotU has collaborated with London Transport Museum to create a film exploring the methods used by artists commissioned to create new Tube map covers. This event will showcase the first full length screening of the film (extracts are featured in the exhibition), introduced by Tamsin Dillon, Head of Art on the Underground. Louisa Buck, art critic and Cornelia Parker, sculptor and art installation artist, will join Tamsin to delve into artistic and cultural representations of maps, exploring the wider themes highlighted in the film. The film is directed by Jared Schiller.
Tickets: £10.00 (£8.00 concessions) includes entry to the event plus a free visit to the Museum within one month. Museum annual ticket holders £8.00 (£6.00 concessions)


In conversation: Subterranean London

Date: Monday 19 November
Time: 18:30 - 20:00
What lies beneath London? Forgotten sewers, lost graveyards and hidden rivers. Join broadcaster Robert Elms, writer Will Self and artist Stephen Walter as they explore underground to seek out London’s treasures.