Shaping LDN

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ShapingLDN heralds a new strand of public programming from London Transport Museum, offering inspiring events, debate, and immersive content about transport, city living, and the future of London.

As the world’s leading museum of urban transport, LTM has long provided a place for the wider public to come, understand and enjoy the story of London’s journey.

However, our mission is not only to conserve our collections and tell stories of the past. We are also here to share knowledge and provoke debate about transport and the future of London. ShapingLDN offers an exciting new platform for these important conversations to take place, inviting a diverse public audience to come together, and to debate, network, inspire and stimulate conversations about the future of our city.

Following on from the success of our Designology Late Debate and Studio Event Programme as well as our ongoing Interchange B2B programme, ShapingLDN will explore topical future city themes, and the role transport plays in tackling global issues, such as the future of work and urban mobility, artificial intelligence and automation, population growth, health disparity and air quality.


Late Debate: Women of the future

Late Debate: Women

Date: Thursday 8 February 2018
Location: Covent Garden
Time: 18:45 – 22:00
Tickets: £15, Concessions and LTM Friends £12

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In 2018 we are marking 100 years since women in Britain were allowed to vote for the first time. Driven by the suffragist and suffragette movements, this was a major step towards equal voting rights for all women and men, achieved in 1928. London Transport Museum and Transport for London are hosting a Late Debate to recognise this momentous period in history. Join us for a festival of talks, debates, immersive experiences and workshops. Celebrate women’s contribution to society over the past 100 years and debate the progress we are making towards equality in the 21st century.

LATE DEBATE: Women of the Future will include a whole range of debates, talks and workshops:

  • Keynote welcome from Justine Simons, OBE Deputy Mayor, Culture and the Creative Industries
    All aboard for Equalia! – take a journey to the gender-equal future with Catherine Mayer, author and co-founder of the Women’s Equality Party
  • Discuss driving gender equality in expert packed panel debates and discussions
  • Get serious about feminism – with queer comedy collective, The Lol Word
  • Enjoy a PechaKucha of dynamic presentations on the portrayal of women
  • Head to our 1918 classroom to brush up on your women’s rights and feminist facts, with Claire Kennan, Citizens 800 Project at Royal Holloway, University of London
  • Get creative in a playful twist on bra-burning, with feminist underwear designer Buttress and Snatch
  • Network in the futures marketplace - meet our cherry-picked selection of girl power organisations and enjoy a drink in the pop-up bar
  • Explore the museum after hours, including Poster Girls – a century of art and design – a powerful exhibition which reveals the contribution female graphic designers have made to poster design over the last one hundred years.

Late Debate: Environment matters

Late Debate: Environment

Date: Thursday 7 June 2018
Location: Covent Garden
Time: 18:45 – 22:00
Tickets: £15, Concessions and LTM Friends £12

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Humanity’s impact on the environment is arguably the biggest challenge we are facing today. Join London Transport Museum in a Late Debate exploring how to make London a cleaner, greener, more sustainable and livable city. Join us in this festival style event offering debates, immersive experiences, talks, and workshops. Explore London’s key environmental policies, initiatives and strategies. Start developing solutions to issues that concern you most, get creative re-using and recycling, and find some inner balance with transport themed yoga. 

Late Debate: Race for space

Late Debate: Space

Date: Thursday 29 November 2018
Location: Covent Garden
Time: 18:45 – 22:00
Tickets: £15, Concessions and LTM Friends £12

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Over 54% of the world’s population live in cities today and this figure is expected to rise to 66% by 2050. London Transport Museum invites you to a Late Debate exploring how London will cope with its continuing population growth. How we will balance a livable environment with increasing density, providing space for nature, culture, heritage and play, as well as housing and critical infrastructure. Share your views on London’s expanding rail network and come up with your own creative solutions. Join us in this festival style event offering debates, immersive experiences, talks, and workshops. 

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Late Debate: Technology and the future

Late debate poster

Date: Wednesday 29 November 2017
Location: Covent Garden
Time: 18:45 – 22:00
Tickets: £15, Concessions and LTM Friends £12

Please note event is suitable for 18+ only

Fantastic, frightening, or simply overdue: Emerging technologies are going to reshape the way we live, work and travel, whether we like it or not. Explore what’s on the tech horizon in this London Transport Museum Late Debate. From driverless cars and delivery drones to apps, maps and virtual reality – will technology evolve to better suit our needs or advance faster than our human capabilities? Join us in this festival style event offering debates, immersive experiences, talks and workshops. Brainstorm your own innovations, meet inventors and judge their ideas. Network at the bar, get hands on with robots and Virtual Reality, and visit the museum’s iconic collection at night

For more details download our full programme [928 KB]

Talks, debates and activities include:

  • Keynote: Iain Macbeth, Head of Foresight at Transport for London
    Linda Bernardi, Chief Product and Strategy Officer at Element AI, author of The Inversion Factor
  • Panel debate exploring if London is ready for the fourth industrial revolution.
  • Dragons Den style debate, sharing new and emerging technologies.
  • Quick-fire PechaKucha of six dynamic presentations on mapping and wayfinding.
  • Talk by Geoff Marshall and Vicki Pipe sharing their ‘All the Stations’ adventure.
  • Workshop by HackPartners, with a chance to win Hidden London Tour tickets for 2018!
  • Talk by neuroscientist Kate Jeffery on how technology is affecting our brains
  • Talk and map design workshop with Dr Maxwell Roberts.
  • Workshop offering the chance to get creative and build your own moving robot.
  • Interactivities and stands offering the chance to meet inventors, start-ups and experts, explore innovative ideas, cutting edge products and dynamic demonstrations.
  • Explore the museum after hours and enjoy a drink at our pop-up bar.

Contributors (in alphabetical order) include:

Abira Hussein, researcher and curator; Alex Lawrence-Berkeley, Sense Media Events; Alex Tatner, Experience Lead at TfL; Geoff Marshall and Vicki Pipe, All the Stations; Iain Macbeth, Head of Foresight at TfL; Jack Waley-Cohen, what3words; John Laughlin, Managing Partner at Appleseed Solutions; Kate Jeffery, Behavioural Neuroscientist at UCL; Laura Sleath, Curator at London Transport Museum; Linda Bernardi, author of The Inversion Factor, Chief Product and Strategy Officer at Element AI; Max Roberts, Tube Map Central; Michael Calver, Senior Technologist at Transport Systems Catapult; Neil Fulton, Programme Director at Transport Systems Catapult; Paul Clark, Master filter; Peter Paul Catterall, Westminster University; River Tamoor Baig, Hack Partners; Ross Atkin, Ross Atkin Associates; Sam Dorling, BMT Group; Sarah Chok, Hack Partners; Seema Kaler, Legible London at Transport for London; Steven Feldman, KnowWhere; Susan Claris, Associate Director at Arup; Tiernan Kenny, Wayfindr; Tim Smith, Auto Design Principal at ustwo.