Explore The A To Z Of London At London Transport Museum's Depot

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Explore The A To Z Of London At London Transport Museum's Depot

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An Open Day at London Transport Museum's Depot

Don't miss this rare chance to see inside London Transport Museum's Depot in Acton, west London.

The Open Weekend which takes the theme of the A to Z of London will celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the Johnston typeface, created by calligrapher Edward Johnston. Visitors can enjoy workshops, tours, talks and family fun.

Learn more about Edward Johnston; see how his eponymous font has been changed over the last 100 years; and see the original wooden printing blocks designed and carved by Johnston a century ago.

You can also try your hand at some calligraphy, and see The Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft's The Big Steam, a giant steam printing press being used to create new works of art, in action.

Family-friendly activities include letter printing in the Johnston style, jumping on a bouncy bus and riding on a miniature railway.

And don't miss the chance to explore the museum's collection of miniature underground stations and check out other Lego and Bayko transport model creations.

The Museum Depot, which is only occasionally open to the public, is a huge warehouse containing London's transport history. Highlights among the posters, vehicles, maps, models and signs include a fully-restored B-Type bus, the last surviving Waterloo and City Tube car (retired after more than 50 years' service) and the Victorian Metropolitan Railway 'Jubilee' carriage, complete with beautiful wooden livery with gold leaf lettering.

The A to Z of London Open Weekend at London Transport Museum’s Depot, West London, 11am to 5pm (last admission is at 4pm) on 23 and 24 April 2016.

To buy tickets for The A to Z of London Museum Depot Open Weekend go to www.ltmuseum.co.uk/open-weekends. Tickets cost £10 for adults and £8 for concessions and allow entry on both days. Children and young people aged 17 and under go free (under 12s must be accompanied by an adult).

Last Updated 18 April 2016