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New Apprentices Visit Battle Bus

On Friday 21 February, Richard Peskett and his restoration team hosted an event for a range of Museum stakeholders to see the progress being made with the restoration of the Museum’s B-type bus. In attendance were key representatives from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), the London Transport Museum Friends, Transport for London, bus operating companies and historians. The event was the perfect way to showcase how the restoration of the bus has progressed over the last few months.

FretworkIt was also a chance to get to meet the team behind the restoration and hear more about its fascinating story.  A number of discoveries have been made since the restoration began including several tickets and newspaper clippings found tucked behind an original seat in the bus body. Also in attendance was a group from the HLF, who had travelled down to take a look at the bus and to meet the apprentices who had started a few weeks before.

The Museum’s Director Sam Mullins introduced the background to the project and the Museum’s programme for the year ahead, while the restoration team spoke on a range of subjects including how the team uncovered the bus’s unique fleet number B2737 and the work to return the engine to operational working order.

engineAlthough the body had not yet been mounted onto the chassis, the visit provided us with a wonderful opportunity to see the beautiful restoration work undertaken on the chassis and the engine. It was thrilling to see parts of the vehicle which won’t be visible when the body is reinstated, such as the gear box and the engine. We were also given the opportunity to see an original seat removed from the body during the restoration, as well as the seating moquette that will be used on the new seats when they are fabricated and the fret work that will accompany them inside the body of the bus.

bus stakeholder visit 3The event was also an opportunity for myself and Gianna Fiore, as the Battle Bus project apprentices, to witness the project for the first time. We collected feedback from the visitors and both thoroughly enjoyed the event and the chance to meet the key stakeholders in the project.

Even though it is not completed yet it was still impressive to see the bus chassis and the body mid restoration. It was the first time I had seen the bus and after weeks of hearing about it and seeing pictures it was a real thrill to see it with my own eyes. It was equally fantastic to meet the people behind the restoration and hear some of the fascinating stories unearthed during the restoration process.  It was also a pleasure to meet representatives from the HLF who have funded the project, including our Project Grants Officer Laura Butcher, London Committee Member Jennifer Ullman and Wesley Kerr, Chairman of the London Committee. Having now seen the half completed bus, I can’t wait to see the bus in all its glory this summer.

Having visited Haslemere to view the progress of the restoration, Gianna couldn’t wait to get started on the upcoming project. She enjoyed the opportunity to meet all the interesting people involved in the project, incuding the project funders from the HLF (and was fortunate enough to interview some of our guests and get their views on the project.) Gianna discovered that two people had even written books about B-type buses and was excited to find one stocked in our very own library at the Museum.

Post written by Harry Young, Battle Bus Project Apprentice

Apprentice Recruitment Day Round-up


We are very excited to be recruiting for our Battle Bus apprentices, and on Friday 13th December we held a day specifically designed to put a group of prospective candidates through their paces! Each of the day’s activities provided an insight into the workings of the Museum and challenged them to demonstrate innovative ideas and the potential to fulfil the new roles.

First the candidates were tasked to explore the Museum, choosing one object that resonated with them, before collecting facts and stories with which they would hope to inspire their peers. It’s essential that the apprentices have an enthusiasm for heritage objects but more importantly that they are able to communicate and pass on this enthusiasm to others. Each candidate pitched their object to members of a small group before the group negotiated and nominated one object to go forward to the afternoon’s activities.

Engaging with different audiences will be key to the apprentice’s role. To help the participants demonstrate their skills and understand what it takes we asked each group to choose an audience from a hat (for example a local youth group or a class of primary school children). Next they had to think about how they would engage their audience with the object they had chosen, what questions would they ask, what stories would they tell and how? Each group presented their ideas back, the highlight of which saw staff and candidates playing 10-year olds delivering a well thought out school session!


Following this, each group was asked to develop and design an activity around their object, including a timeline of activities, resources and outcomes. The activity could take any form they wished and we saw ideas emerge around immersive theatre, bus tickets issued with facts on and sessions run in carriages.

It was an inspiring day which tested the enthusiasm, ideas and potential of everyone who took part. It also provided some serious rumination and tough decision making for those of us at the Museum, at the end of a long day, while choosing successful candidates to go through to the next stage…watch this space!