British Motor Museums

23rd September 2015

LONDON TRANSPORT RARE OPENING THIS WEEKEND

Discover the foundations of one of the world’s most enduring brands; rare objects on display for the first time at London Transport Museum’s Acton depot.London Transport Museum

is putting on display recent finds on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 September, when its Acton depot, normally closed to the public, will open its doors for the Design Uncovered

Open Weekend.

Vistiors will be invited to view newly discovered objects relating to Edward Johnston and the very beginnings of the world-renowned eponymous Johnston font a version of which,

has been used across the network and publicity materials since 1916. Known as ‘London’s handwriting’, it is seen by millions of passengers on transport signage and branding

every day.

Items on display will include the original printing blocks used for the Johnston font and an original leather bound gift that features Edward Johnston’s last piece of public

calligraphy and was given to Frank Pick, the then Chief Executive of London Transport who commissioned many of London’s transport design icons. Transport for London’s (TfL) new

Design Idiom - a manual to ensure all stations conform to the same exacting aesthetic standard will also be on display.

In addition there is the opportunity to see classic London Underground signs, uniforms as well as vintage buses and trains from the depot’s collection of 320,000 objects. Elizabeth Scott, Head Curator at London Transport Museum, said: “Seeing these original printing blocks, Underground signage and other objects on display allows visitors to see

for themselves how little the font and transport network’s logo has changed over the years and how right Johnston and Pick got things all those years ago.”

On Sunday 27 September only, a talk will also be given by Harriet Wallace-Jones of Wallace and Sewell, the award winning design duo that has created the contemporary and iconic

upholstery for today’s London Underground and London Overground train seating.

Entry to the Museum Depot in Acton is from 11am until 5pm with last entry at 4pm. On Saturday 26 September only, guests will also be able to take a free shuttle bus to the

nearby Siemens Heathrow Express Depot, where they can learn more about modern train design, taking a walk under a stationary train ready for maintenance.

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