Collecting for 2013 – My Line: Piccadilly

The first of the My Line projects is underway, with just the edit left to do. Nine participants from the United Anglo Caribbean Society have taken part, sharing some wonderful stories so far.

The group love the Piccadilly Line for a number of reasons, from it being faster than the District Line out of Acton Town, to the great places you can get to via its stations. Its connection to Heathrow also makes for an interesting experience, with people from all over the world riding up and down the line every day.

The finished film will be on our YouTube channel in the coming weeks. Until then, here are some pictures from the day.

What do you like about the Piccadilly Line?

Sorting Bus Timetables

Fred Sorting Timetables

On Thursday 3rd November volunteers were present at the LTM Depot in Acton to assist the curatorial department with sorting and accessioning ephemera material to add to the collection.  The Museum receives a vast amount of material through public and private donations, and volunteers are on hand on a regular basis to help out.

Brian Logging Details

Fred Ivey assisted with checking bus timetables for duplications which had recently been donated to the museum, with timetables ranging in production dates from 1965 through to 2005, so there was plenty to keep him busy with. Brian Hawkins meanwhile took on the task of adding timetables to the collections IMS system, so that they could be officially logged and searched for by our curators to assist with future queries and museum research.

Poster of the Week #13

Daffodils are blooming by Dora M Batty, 1927

In 2013 we’re having a big exhibition showcasing 150 of the best Underground posters. There are 3300 to choose from in the collection. So we thought we’d get the ball rolling by finding out what people think makes a great Underground poster.

So what makes an Underground poster stand out for you? Have a think about the ones you see today, and posters from the past. Is it great because of the image on the poster? Is it because it brings back memories for you? Is it because you love what is written on it? Do you really like the layout? Is it the subject matter? Is it because it makes you laugh? Is it because it’s unusual or surprises you?  Is it something else entirely…

So for this week’s poster of the week I’ve picked one of my favourites. I think this is a really great Underground poster:

  • Because of the colours – it must have brought a splash of blooming spring sunshine to the Underground,
  • Because of the simple, clean style of the poster – the  1920s was such an amazing time for poster design,
  • Because it really makes me want to go to Hampton Court and Kew Gardens, which is exactly what it was supposed to do,
  • Because I like the work of this artist, Dora Batty – she did lots of fab posters for the Underground (and she has a great name),
  • Because sometimes when I’m on the Tube, I  would really like to have a large bunch of daffodils to bury my nose in.

Please help us out – what do you think makes a great Underground poster?

Poster of the Week #12

London parks, Autumn Leaves by John Burningham, 1961

We’re treating ourselves to another poster by illustrator extraordinare John Burningham this week. This one is a fabulous collage of autumn leaves celebrating London’s Parks. I wonder which park these leaves came from? The text at the bottom says ‘Pomifer Autumnus, with  the redbreast whistling  and every common bush  afire…Who’s for a stroll?   Take your hound, greyhound, mongrel,  spaniel, cur, shough,  water-rug or demi-wolf for a last long look at the sun.   Try a different park each  week.’

Which is your favourite park for an autumn stroll and a last long look at the sun?           

PS – meet the artist himself at the museum on Tuesday 1 November