Family Open Weekend @ London Transport Museum Depot, Acton (8 & 9 Oct)

October 1, 2011toOctober 9, 2011

London Transport Museum DepotExplore behind the scenes at London Transport Museum Depot, Acton over the weekend of Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 October.

As the custodian of the world’s most comprehensive and important record of urban transport, the Museum stores over 370,000 objects under one roof and the collection comprises of road and rail vehicles, posters and artworks, engineering drawings, signs and ephemera.

Highlights of the weekend include guided tours of the small object store, exciting demonstrations by Transport for London’s Emergency Response Unit and an opportunity to meet the experts of the Museum curators’ Top 10 precision engineering large objects.

Family activities – suitable for ages five plus
Activities include craft workshops where families can construct fabulous vehicles, engineer tall towers and build bridges from a variety of everyday materials.  Throughout the weekend the Museum’s ambassadors will be demonstrating the fascinating Braking Eggsperiment  which will challenge visitors to construct a rail link enabling carriages to run efficiently between stops delivering passengers (eggs) safely.

Transport Tales and Railway Rhymes story telling – suitable for under 5s
Tiny visitors are invited to hop on board one of our vehicles; listen to a transport tale, then sing-along to catchy tunes and railway rhymes.

Small object store
Tours of the small object store are back by popular demand.  The store houses an extraordinary range of items including ticket machines from the 19th Century, catering equipment and sports trophies including a ceramic rooster. The curator-led tours will also be an opportunity to view the extensive collection of model vehicles including motor, rail and horse-drawn and a full range of iconic moquette fabric used to cover the seats of buses and Tubes.

Top 10 precision engineering large objects
The Museum’s collection of engines and larger than life objects are on display and the curators have chosen their top ten.  Meet the experts who will unravel some of the mysteries of transport engineering such as the workings of the infamous spiral escalator.

Emergency Response Unit demonstration
Transport for London’s Emergency Response Unit (ERU) will be there in all their glory.  Demonstrations throughout the day and tours of the Emergency Response van and equipment, will give an insight into what it would be like to be a member of the ERU.  Uniformed staff will be on hand to answer your questions and provide careers advice.

Tickets

  • Tickates are valid on both days
  • £10.00 for adults, £8.00 for senior citizens, £6.50 concessions and £5.00 London Transport Museum Friends
  • Accompanied children under 16 Free
  • To avoid the queues, tickets can be booked in advance by calling 020 7565 7298 or online at ltmuseum.co.uk.

Where
The Museum Depot is open from 11.00 to 17.00 with the last admission at 16.00

Located in Acton at 2 Museum Way, 118 – 120 Gunnersbury Lane, London, W3 9BQ

The nearest Tube station is Acton Town (District and Piccadilly Lines).

Further information regarding activities can be found at ltmuseum.co.uk.