London Transport Museum is opening doors to its museum depot in Acton for one weekend this June, giving the public the chance to explore a working museum store full of objects from the capital’s transport past.
Inspired by the 160th anniversary of London Underground this year, ‘The Big Build’ depot open days event will offer guests a line-up of talks, workshops and family activities that delve into the history of the Underground’s construction and its evolution over the years – from feats of ingenious large-scale engineering to the design details that have created the internationally recognised brand.
Visitors will see original plans for the Underground on display, and marvel at the different tools used to dig the first Tube tunnels to see how they compare to modern machinery. Alongside many historic vehicles, posters, signs and maps from the museum’s collection, ticket holders can also see the original versions of Harry Beck’s iconic diagrammatic Tube map, first issued 90 years ago in 1933.
Normally closed to visitors, depot open days are special themed events throughout the year that offer the public the chance to explore the museum’s depot vast collection of over 320,000 historical objects not on display in the Covent Garden Museum, while enjoying a lively programme of activities.
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