Loving London Transport Museum

November 10, 2010

So many people of so many ages were having so much fun and learning all sorts of things at the London Transport Museum today – and I was one of them.

I started the day with a meeting with Sian from the Community Learning team – it is her job to go out and make connections with the local community and find out what they want from the Museum. I’m sure that the great energy inside the Museum is helped by this user-centred approach.

Sian told me about a raft of projects that the team is working on – including a series of youth projects in the lead up to the 2012 London Olympics. You can have a look at the website for all the details – http://www.ltmuseum.co.uk/learning/stories-of-the-world. I was particularly taken with the idea of the ‘Young Consultants’ who have been employed by the Museum: 4 people aged 16-17 years who work two days/month to provide advice on exhibitions and programs. There is also a special program for young volunteers.

One of the simple interactives that are dotted through the display - all with quirky and fun information

After talking to Sian, I spent a couple of hours exploring the Museum on my own. There is so much for families to do, and so many opportunities for people to explore in-depth the various historical themes presented in the Museum, with so much attention to detail – even the trip up to the top floor in the lift had a sound-scape, and rather than telling me what floor I was getting out, it told me what year it was!

Did I mention that I loved it??

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