London’s Transport at War A new permanent gallery has opened which explores the crucial role London’s transport has played in global conflicts, from keeping civilians safe on the home front to supporting efforts on the front lines.
London’s Transport at War, in Covent Garden at the London Transport Museum, is an immersive sheltering experience which reveals what life was like for Londoners seeking refuge in Underground stations during wartime air raids.
It introduces visitors to the people behind these stories and features new posters, photographs, safety notices and wartime objects from the Museum’s collection.
The gallery showcases five different themes that explore how the people and transport system of one the world’s greatest cities helped with the war effort – Going to war, They also serve, Shelter, Keeping London moving and The day will come.
Sam Mullins, director for London Transport Museum, said: “During these challenging times for all museums, I am especially proud to be able to launch our new London’s Transport at War gallery.
“From sheltering in Tube stations to escape the Blitz, to the buses and drivers who went to the Western Front, visitors will be able learn about the vital role our world-famous transport system played in two world wars.”
Matt Brosnan, head curator at London Transport Museum, said: “We’ve brought the stories of the people involved in London’s transport during the First and Second World Wars to life with a combination of collection objects, photos, film, new audio hand-sets, and digital and interactive displays.
“Young visitors will particularly enjoy hands-on interactives that involve discovering the wartime roles of men and women and making a Tube shelter ticket to take home.”
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