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Last week we went on an art meets educational tour of London Transport Museum. In 2011 a staggering 1,107 million passengers used London transport (Laura Ashley head office staff included). Feeling curious about our cityâ€™s transport history (we were avid watchers of BBC2â€™s The Tube) and sighting their October half term â€˜make-and-takeâ€™ family craft workshops we urge you to grab the little ones and head into London for a day out.
Kick off your tour with some London transport history, from the first escalator invented by Jesse W Reno (originating from New York- the first one was built for an amusement park on Coney Island) to â€˜Madame-Tussauds-esqueâ€™ mock ups of what it would have been like for â€˜men and machinesâ€™ digging out the London tube system. Did you know over 300km (190 miles) of Tube have been dug under London since the 1880â€™s?
A popular hit with the kids whilst on our visit was the replica old fashioned buses and vehicles which you were welcome to hop on and have an exploreâ€¦
This little chappy was especially happy in the driving seat of this modern dayÂ red double deckerâ€¦
Partial to a retro print or two, the Laura Ashley team were eager to explore the â€˜mind the mapâ€™ exhibition showcasing the journey of the London underground map over the last 90 years plus some of the most famous â€˜art on the undergroundâ€™ creations including a wonderfully nostalgic array of posters, design and cartography.
Travel back in time and see how the iconic London underground map has evolved from this in 1908â€¦
To this in 1933â€¦
To our the familiar modern day 2012 tube mapâ€¦
We often admire the cheery â€˜art on the undergroundâ€™ pieces splattered across the London Underground system so it was fascinating to see some of the most famous underground inspired prints and drawings. Most famously the original three dimensional artwork by David Booth of Fine White Line, created in 1986. This poster is the most popular modern Underground poster and is still in demand 20 year laterâ€¦
Travelling Blind (the artwork above) contains 20 drawings of Londonâ€™s Underground network. They were made by passengers from memory as part of an art project.
This week there is plenty of additional activity on at The London Transport Museum to keep the kids entertained, including their make-and-take arts and crafts workshops and storytelling sessions inspired by their new temporary exhibition Ahead of the Games. Take a look hereÂ for more information.