Past Exhibition - Journeys of the Imagination

John Burningham: Journeys of the Imagination

Friday 9 September - Thursday 1 December 2011
London Transport Museum is hosting a celebration of the work of one of Britain’s most successful and best loved illustrators - John Burningham. His career was kick started with a poster commission from London Transport in 1960 although he later found fame as a celebrated children’s book author and illustrator. He has written over 60 illustrated books, for which he has received many honours including two Kate Greenaway medals.



The Museum’s celebratory events include a display of his travel posters, October family fun half term workshops, an ‘in-conversation’ evening with John Burningham and a special book signing afternoon. A new Flickr photographic competition, inspired by Burningham’s new poster artwork Children’s London, will run until 1 December 2011.

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This special display brings together, for the first time, John’s rarely seen travel posters, commissioned in the 1960s for London Transport and the British Transport Commission.


New poster artwork commission by John Burningham

John Burningham was commissioned to produce ten posters for London Transport in the 1960s, but the last, Children’s London, was never completed at the time. Now, over 40 years later, he has revived the project and created a brand new poster artwork for London Transport Museum. The poster will go on display with his other works from September, and will also be available to buy in the Museum shop for £9.95.


October Family Fun Half-term Workshops and Storytelling

Date: Monday 24 - Friday 28 October 2011
Poster puppets – 12:00 - 15:00
Taking inspiration from some of Burningham’s books and the Museum’s Burningham poster collection, children can create puppets to take home. Families can also stage their own mini puppet show in the Museum’s pop up puppet theatre. Suitable for ages 5+
Storytelling – 11:00 - 11:30
Lively, action-packed readings from some of John Burningham’s books. Suitable for under 5s

In conversation with John Burningham

Date: Tuesday 1 November 2011
18:30 - 20:00
The artist discusses his rich and varied career which dates back to the 1960s, and his big break designing a series of posters for London Transport.
Ticket Information: Adults £8; Concessions £6.
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John Burningham book signing

Date: Saturday 26 November 2011
14:00 - 16:00
John Burningham, author and illustrator of children’s books including Borka: The Adventures of a Goose with No Features, Mr Gumpy’s Outing, The Avocado Baby, and Granpa, will be signing copies of his newly published, illustrated autobiography John Burningham: An Illustrated Journey.
Ticket Information: Entrance to the Museum is free on 26 November between 2.00pm to 4.00pm with each copy of the book purchased in the Museum’s shop.

Children’s London Flickr Competition

Date: Until Thursday 1 December 2011
To celebrate Burningham’s new Children’s London poster artwork London Transport Museum has launched a Flickr competition. Children and adults are invited to take photographs on the theme of children’s London and submit them to the Museum’s Flickr site so that they can be displayed alongside the Burningham poster display. Whether it’s a photograph that represents a child’s experience of the Capital or a snapshot that captures London’s playful nature, we’d love you to share it. Entries welcome until 1 December 2011. The three photographs with the most views and comments will win a signed copy of Burningham’s new book plus a free entry ticket for two people. The Museum will contact the three winners via Flickr.


To enter the competition, visit http://www.flickr.com/groups/[email protected]/. Terms and conditions apply.