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London Transport Museum throws open the doors to Acton Depot to celebrate Capital Design

London’s Transport Museum threw open the doors to its design heritage this weekend.

(Note: This article is about an event which took place on 21 & 22 April 2018.)

Capital Design will take place at London Transport’s Acton Depot on 21 and 22 April, revealing the Museum’s vast and rarely seen treasure trove of vintage vehicles, posters and transport design ephemera.

As if access to one of the world’s most revered collections of vintage transport porn wasn’t enough to whet your appetite, there’s also a series of lectures, screenings, talks and tours going on over the weekend. Writer and broadcaster Mark Ovenden will be taking visitors through 150 years of design and typography on the Underground, whilst London Transport Museum research fellow Oliver Green will be focusing on the design legacy of Frank Pick, London Transport’s first Chief Executive.

There’ll also be guided tours of the extensive depot and collections, including a look around the bus pits, as well as the opportunity to try your hand at operating a Victoria Line train (no, not a real one, but the full-size Victoria Line 1967-stock cab is rather fantastic).

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Acton Depot houses over 320,000 items of all types, including many original works of art used for the Museum’s celebrated poster collection, vehicles, signs, models, photographs, engineering drawings and uniforms. Together, they form one of the most comprehensive and important records of urban transport anywhere in the world.

Capital Design takes place over the weekend of 21 & 22 April 2018, at London Transport Museum’s Acton Depot. Tickets cost £12 for adults and £10 for concessions. For more info and to book tickets, check out the London Transport Museum’s event page.

Will you be heading to Capital Design? Let us know in the comments! Don’t forget, you can tweet us too – follow us on Twitter @transportdsn.

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Image credits: London Transport Museum.




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