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Thursday, 20 September 2012

The Future of London's Transport Museum



The London underground began 150 years ago (yes 150!!) and today the London's Transport Museum is one of the best and most fun ways to learn about and enjoy transport down through the ages, as well as thinking about the transport of the future. 

How many kids are inspired by the technology of transport to become the engineers of the future.  Transport issues never go away.  In the days of horse drawn vehicles the public was concerned about the ever growing mounds of horse manure polluting the city.  A picture was painted of huge mountains of the stuff piling around us. The museum not only walks us through the history of the vehicles of London's transport systems but also the social  and environmental impact and concerns of the past and future.

Sadly (but altogether too common in this age of austerity where we seem intent on throwing the baby out with the bathwater), all this is currently under threat with cutbacks to funding by both central government and TFL itself.  The cuts proposed amount to 25% of the museums total funding.  Staff are also being asked to take a substantial cut in their salaries.
Supporters of the museum can sign and send a letter to the Trustees of the Museum registering your concerns.

8 comments:

Emm in London said...

Oh no! This would be a massive mistake! Sadly the petition keeps signing out as I've tried three times to sign it now.

George said...

Great article, thanks Mo.

Emm in London: sorry the petition doesn't seem to be working. You can stay in touch with the campaign by 'liking' its campaign page https://www.facebook.com/SaveLondonTransportMuseum?ref=stream

Adullamite said...

25% cut? Lucky, next year our museum gets 50% cut!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

I'd quite happily sign it Mo, but I'm not sure if they'd take much notice of someone in Perth! It would be such a shame to lose this history resource, hopefully the petition will hold some sway.

Brianna said...

All I can think about is a few years back when all of NYC transportation workers went on strike. No subway, no buses in NYC. NIGHTMARE!

Jack said...

Well, that explains something. I have bought some vintage posters at auction in the past, so I am on some mailing lists. Christie's is having a special auction of vintage posters from the collection of London Transport on October 4. I thought it was just duplicates or surplus. It appears to be a needed fundraiser. Sad.

Benjamin said...

I am unable to sign in, tried several times but I like it in facebook campaign page.

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