A Logo for London | London Transport Museum
Ladies and gentlemen.
This is your driver speaking.
Today we’ll be cruising at an altitude of zero feet above sea-level. Or whatever Acton is.
Because it’s there that the London Transport Museum is taking a rare opportunity to open up its Museum Depot (which is usually closed to the public) for just two days in September in order to bring you an exhibition all about the roundel; one of the most recognizable logos in the world.
The event will explore the graphic design’s origin, how it was chosen in a public vote, and how it became an international icon. There will be:
1) A scavenger hunt for early roundel designs (including one apparently featuring a Native American Chief, which we are going to assume is more than a couple of decades old).
2) A talk about the man who redesigned the thing, and who also developed the London Underground typeface.
3) A tour exploring some of the most famous TFL posters, including works by surrealist artist Man Ray (you can even print your own designs on a canvas tote bag).
4) Take an up-close gander at some ancient restored buses, trams and Tube carriages.
5) Listen to a talk from historian Oliver Green on “the story of trams and trains over the last 100 years”, which we assume will have some quite literally riveting details.
Annnnd a whole lot more (like miniature railways and such) that we don’t even have room for here. In fact, visitor will get to peruse the Depot’s extended collection of over 320,000 artifacts, which are not on display at the main Covent Garden site.
NOTE: A Logo for London Museum Depot Open Weekend takes place from 11am to 5pm on the 24th & 25th of September, and tickets are available HERE.
Tickets cost £10 for adults and £8 for concessions. Children and young people aged 17 and under go free (under 16s must be accompanied by an adult). London Transport Museum Friends also go free. Tickets are valid for both days.
London Transport Museum Depot | 118-120 Gunnersbury Ln, Acton Town, W3 9BQ
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