Design Uncovered: London Transport Museum Depot Open Weekend





Uncover the stories behind London’s transport design classics at the Museum's Depot open weekend during the London Design Festival. Learn about the development of the Johnston font - London Transport’s iconic typeface, discover the design history of the Underground’s seat fabric or join a tour.

Over the next 18 months, London Transport Museum is celebrating London’s unique transport design heritage. We’re getting things started this autumn with a triple bill of events and exhibitions. First up is Design Uncovered: the Museum Depot open weekend in Acton.

Highlights of the weekend include

• Display of the original printing blocks used for the Johnston font – London Transport’s iconic typeface
• Creative drop in workshops to give families the chance to explore the Johnston font
• Discover more about our iconic vehicles with expert talks
• Find out how moquette – the seat covering on the tube – is made, from design to manufacture
• Explore the Depot through bite size tours
• Film screenings from the LTM archive

From the iconic tube map to the design of underground stations, every journey needs good design. Discover how design has been used to encourage travel into London after hours with new temporary exhibition Night Shift at the museum in Covent Garden, and explore London’s transport design heritage at the museum depot open weekend in Acton. Finally, in October London by Design our new permanent gallery opens, exploring the story of how London’s transport has become one of the world’s most enduring examples of successful brand identity and a world leader in transport design London Transport’s design heritage.

Make sure you get your Design Pass to give you access to all both exhibitions and the Museum depot open weekend, plus free entry to London designjunction, for the special price of £20.

London Transport Museum

From the 1920s London Underground and London Transport developed a strong and distinctive visual identity based on a culture of good design. This came from the commitment and influence of one man, Frank Pick. He became the Underground's Managing Director and was later the first Chief Executive of London Transport.

Pick changed the face of London through his design management, commissioning the very best designers and artists, and insisting on the highest standards in transport architecture, engineering, graphics and information systems.

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