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Collecting for 2013 – The end of the A Stock

Over the past couple of years, brand new snazzy trains have begun to appear on the Metropolitan Line. These S Stock trains are gradually being added to the London Underground system, replacing the 50 year old A Stock trains. The A Stock are being removed from the network at a rate of two trains per week, and by the end of 2012 will be no more.

The transition from A Stock to S Stock has been an exciting turning point for some drivers, but the end of an era for others. Capturing the workings of the old trains in operation was identified as a priority for the LU150 anniversary project, so yesterday myself and film-maker Geoff Marshall boarded an A Stock at Harrow-on-the-Hill and accompanied driver Richard Griffin on his journey up and down the Metropolitan line for the day

Having never had the opportunity to ride in a Tube cab before, the experience was incredibly exciting! Stations, tracks and other vehicles look so different from the front of the train, and is was fascinating to see Richard operating the train, stopping at signals, making announcements and following the timetable.

Geoff captured lots of footage on camera, which will be edited into a short film and added to the Museum’s collection. As soon as it’s done I will share it up here, but for now here are a few pictures from my ride!

Depot Discoveries – first batch of films on YouTube

After a couple of sessions with the Museum’s Friends and volunteers, and some great editing by film maker Geoff Marshall, the first round of Depot Discoveries films is now available to view on YouTube! Head over to www.youtube.com/ltmuseumvideo to check them out, and let us know what you think.

Our next Depot Open Weekend is taking place on March 10 and 11. We’ll be making the most of this opportunity to trial out accessing these videos, so be sure to bring your smartphone or device with you on the day. Around four objects will be marked with new Depot Discoveries labels, featuring QR codes for you to scan, and I’ll be around with some trusty volunteers to hear what you think of the interpretation scheme.  We hope to have Wi-Fi access available too, making it even easier to get online whilst in the store.

Many thanks to those of you who have contributed so far. If anyone would like to feature on camera as part of this project, get in touch with me at jennifer.kavanagh@ltmuseum.co.uk and we’ll get planning!

Collecting for 2013 – Geoff Marshall on making the ‘What Song are you Listening to?’ film

Film maker Geoff Marshall is behind the camera on our ‘What Song are you Listening to?’ film. Geoff has shared his thoughts on making the film, and how it’s made him think differently about his behavior as a commuter.

You are on the Tube. You must sit there looking miserable … something to be endured. That’s what you’re used to right? Or is it …

You see it every day – people sitting in a carriage most likely on their daily commute and ignoring the rest of the world. Plugged in headphones maybe with heads buried in newspapers or books too – as people shut out the rest of the world and create their own small space. A space sometimes where you’re squashed in so tightly and so close to people you don’t know it would be awkward in any other situation – that’s what everyone expects and gets on with.

Yet a few hours spent one afternoon at Tooting Broadway made me see that there is life, laughter, smiles and energy behind everyone, it’s just that we are somehow trained to contain it all to ourselves.

Our mission? To find out what people were listening to on the Tube. Our targets? Everyone we saw over a four hour period with headphones as they came in and out of Tooting Broadway station. Armed with some vibrant young volunteers, holding up a large posters emblazoned with “WHAT SONG ARE YOU LISTENING TO?”, we managed to cajole many people out of their personal musical shells, and share with us their tastes.

I’m quite passionate about my own music, what I listen to and how I enjoy it, and afterwards as I put the video together it occurred to me how insular I had become. Had I not done this, and had to piece together this production with snippets of the songs that others were listening to, I may have never discovered some of these songs in my entire life.

My own stereotypical views were challenged to. It’s so hard not to judge a person quite quickly after first seeing them, and I realised that based on their age, gender, race, way that they dressed, or the way that they walked I had a pre-conception about what genre of music they might be listening to before we asked them – sometimes I was right, the majority of the time though I was wrong, and I realised it was pleasing to be wrong, and have my own attitude adjusted.

But most of all I liked the moments when we broke people out of their personal worlds and (sometimes after a little cajoling) got them to share with us an insight into their music. Almost everyone had a little embarrassment, soon followed by a wave of enjoyment, happiness and a huge smile. I loved the moment when they all smiled.

A while ago sat on a train, I saw several people sat around me plugged in listening to things. I thought then how great it would be at that moment to have a gadget that allowed you to ‘tune in’ and eavesdrops on what people were listening to! You could discover a great new piece of music yourself that you were just sat a few feet away from and might have otherwise never have known about it.  When I see people on the Tube now enjoying it, I now really want to ask them what they’re listening to.

So maybe challenge yourself next time you see someone plugged away listening to something. If they look like they’re enjoying it, be bold and ask them what you’re listening to! People may be a little embarrassed, but as we found, ultimately thrilled to be able to share the enjoyment of their music with others.

Until then, you’ve got this video to go on to assess the broad range of what song people are listening to…

By Geoff Marshall – film maker

Collecting for 2013 – ‘What Song are you Listening to?’ Video on YouTube

Earlier this year, a group of us from London Transport Museum hit the Underground to find out what songs passengers were listening to. The brilliant edited video is now available on the Museum’s YouTube channel – enjoy!

What songs were you listening to today when you travelled by Tube? How does your music affect your journey?

Collecting for 2013 – My Line: Metropolitan

The second of the My Line documentaries, this time about the Metropolitan line, has now been completed, with the Piccadilly Line film also finished this week. The Metropolitan line film was made by a group of young people from the Beacon centre near Rayners Lane over the October half term. Eight young people, aged between 8-13 years, took part in the three day workshop with film maker Jackson Ducasse, where they shared their experiences of using the line and told stories to highlight the distinctive characteristics of travelling out to the suburbs and into Metro-land.

We’re also started work on the Victoria line and District line films in the past couple of days, so watch this space for an update on them! The Northern line, and final, film will be made in December. Being a Northern line commuter, it’ll be tricky to not show favouritism when they’re all done!

Collecting for 2013 – My Line Documentaries

What’s your favourite Underground line? Is it the one closest to where you live, or the line which takes you to the places you love in the capital? Do you like a line that’s the fastest, coolest or quietest?

For our 150th anniversary celebrations of the Underground, the Museum is working in partnership with My Street films and Doc in a Day at UCL to explore what five different Underground lines mean to five community groups located nearby. Starting in Acton and the Piccadilly Line, a group of people from the United Anglo Caribbean Society have been exploring what makes the Piccadilly Line unique and what experiences they have had of using the line. From a lady who is on her first visit to London and thus only used the Tube for the first time 3 weeks ago, to elders who have been using the Underground for 50 years, their stories and experiences are being captured on camera.

These ‘My Line’ documentaries are being produced, directed, filmed and edited by the groups involved, giving the participants the opportunity to learn new skills whilst they share their stories. Over the next couple of months we’ll also be venturing to Harrow for the Metropolitan Line, Pimlico for the Victoria Line, Old Street for the Northern Line and Richmond for the District Line, with tales and adventures from each being showcased on here.

What’s your line? Share your stories of what makes your Underground line the best.

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?

Collecting for 2013 – Staff Diversity and Languages

Did you know that nearly 30% of Transport for London’s workforce are from a Black, Asian and Minority Ethic background? Pretty amazing eh? And that further staff come from across Europe, the Commonwealth and North America? Brilliant! With all these nationalities being represented at Transport for London, you can start to imagine how many languages are spoken by the workforce, both behind the scenes and in customer facing roles.

As part of the Museum’s Black History Month celebrations, we ran a workshop where London Underground staff who speak different languages were invited to the Museum to speak on camera in their mother tongue. We had a great turn out, with a whole range of languages being represented, including Greek, Igbo, Shona, Punjabi, Spanish, Basque, Polish and Lithuanian. Each colleague introduced themselves in their native language, and then also explained in English how they have used their language in their job at London Underground. This fantastic medley is currently being edited together to make a short film for the LU 150th anniversary in 2013, allowing us to showcase what a diverse and vibrant workforce we have at Transport for London. The finished film will be on our YouTube channel in the coming weeks.

Do you work for London Underground? Share your stories with us here of what it’s like to work in such an amazingly diverse organisation!

Collecting for 2013 – What Songs are Commuters Listening to?

The music that people listen to when they travel by Underground affects their experience of the journey. As part of the Museum’s contemporary collecting project for the 150th anniversary of the Underground in 2013, a group of Museum staff and volunteers spent an afternoon at Tooting Broadway station, stopping any passengers with headphones and asking them what song they were listening to. People of all ages gave us examples of music from a range of music genres, allowing us to get a real insight into the music that people listen to when traveling on the Tube. Responses from over 100 people were captured on film, and will be edited together for the Museum’s collection.

Big thanks to our young consultants Adelah and Godwin for their hard work on the day (and for Adelah’s excellent dance moves with some of the commuters!) and to Jen and Wei, two interns who also helped out and did an amazing job. The finished film will be on the Museum’s YouTube channel soon.

Poster of the Week #8

The film-lover travels Underground, by Charles Pears, 1930

We’re excited about the showing of the 1928 film Underground at the Barbican next week. It’s been restored by the British Film Institute with music played by the BBC Symphony Orchestra. I’m really hoping that it’s going to feel as atmospheric as this gorgeous poster by Charles Pears which was produced a couple of years after the film in 1930. Posters like these were made to encourage people to use the Underground outside of the daily commuter rush hour.

Do any film buffs out there recognise the film showing in the poster? We’d love to know if it’s from an actual film or if it’s the artist’s great romantic vision.