On the 8-9th October London Transport Museum opened its doors to the public at its Museum Depot in Acton. Each year the Museum opens its collection up to the public for two weekends in March and October. Each weekend is themed, and this time the focus was on highlighting our Engineering collection. As part of the theme talks, tours, film screenings, rides on the miniature railway, as well as demonstrations by TfL’s Emergency Response Unit, were all offered to the public.
Throughout the weekend we had over 30 volunteers on hand to support the event. Some were able to put their specialist knowledge to good use by giving talks to visitors on specific engineering objects such as the Manor House sub-station control panel from Wood Green control room. The miniature railway team is made up completely of volunteers, who manage and maintain and the railway throughout the year in preparation for large events such as this. Over the two days over 800 rides were offered to visitors, which definately kept the team on their feet!
Volunteers were also on hand to educate visitors in learning about some of London Transport Museum’s handling collection. The theme Tickets Please!’ is a regular feature at Open Weekends and provides visitors with the chance to engage with knowledegable volunteers, as well as handle some of the museums ticketing items and learn about life on the buses. Across the two days volunteers engaged with a whopping 500 visitors, which just proves how popular the theme is and how valuable working knowledge from our volunteers can be in educating visitors.