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London Transport Museum - Design for Travel gallery

DCMS/Wolfson Museums and Galleries Improvement Fund - 2012

London Transport Museum has been awarded £100,000 to create a new Hands-on Base and Art Gallery extension.


Overview of the project

London Transport Museum is delighted to have been awarded a grant of £100,000 from the DCMS/Wolfson Museums and Galleries Improvement Fund which will support the creation of two new purpose-built public collection access spaces. The new Hands-on Base and Art Gallery extension, will enable the Museum to display and interpret more objects from its unique collections and improve public access to comparatively under-used areas of the Museum.


The Hands-on Base will offer visitors, particularly children and families, with enhanced handling opportunities to an ever changing array of specially selected objects from the Museum’s unique collections totalling some 450,000 items, in an accessible, flexible and object secure space adaptable to learning style and audiences.


London Transport Museum cares for one of the finest poster collections in the world and it is one of the most popular parts of the Museum’s offer. Dating back to 1908, the collection comprises of more than 5000 printed posters and nearly 1000 original artworks which form a uniquely comprehensive record of a century of British graphic design. The Art Gallery extension will significantly extend access to one of the most important parts of the Museum’s collection and bring it to a much wider audience. The first exhibition to feature in the Gallery will be Poster Art 150 – London Underground’s Greatest Designs, which will showcase 150 of the very best posters in the Museum’s collection as part of the 150th anniversary celebrations of the London Underground in 2013.


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