London Transport Museum named Visitor Attraction of the Year

London Transport Museum wins award
London Transport Museum wins award

London Transport Museum has been named Visitor Attraction of the Year at the London Tourism Awards.

Hosted by London & Partners, the London Tourism Awards recognise and celebrate businesses from across the capital that deliver amazing experiences for visitors and champion innovation in the face of challenging times. The Visitor Attraction of the Year accolade celebrates London Transport Museum’s dedication to creating a memorable day out for its guests through its collection, exhibitions and events.

At the awards ceremony, judges said that London Transport Museum “tackles a fascinating and multi-faceted subject with gusto and style, and presents a huge variety of exhibits, large and small, in a way that engages the attention of a wide variety of visitors.

“The story of public transport is the story of London’s history over the last couple of centuries and is central to its development in the coming decades; London Transport Museum celebrates this story and the people behind it.”

To prepare for the post-lockdown return of its visitors in 2021, the museum put significant Covid-safety measures in place, developed new programming and carried out upgrades to its venue.

New content and collection objects were also displayed for the first time, including the new London 2030 gallery. Developed with postgraduate students from Central Saint Martins, this gallery offers a glimpse into what environmental and technological changes could mean for people living the in capital in a decade’s time.

In February 2022 the museum opened its newest exhibition, Legacies: London Transport’s Caribbean Workforce. Celebrating the contribution Caribbean people have made to transport in London and British culture, this exhibition explores the struggles and triumphs many of these individuals and their families experienced as they moved from the Caribbean to the UK to help keep London’s transport network running.

Commenting on the award, Sam Mullins OBE, Director of London Transport Museum said, “We reopened post-lockdown more determined than ever to bounce back as one of the capital’s top destinations for a great day out. Being named Visitor Attraction of the Year is a huge testament to the hard work of our team to make this a reality for our guests.

“In the face of lockdowns and changing restrictions, we upgraded our galleries and introduced new programming to create engaging and relevant experiences for visitors returning to our museum in Covent Garden and our depot in Acton Town, all whilst ensuring the felt welcome, reassured and safe.”

London Transport Museums’ front of house team have also been shortlisted for the Visitor Welcome Award at this year’s Museum + Heritage Awards.

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