London Transport Museum
A Skelding Summary
The London Transport Collection has roots going back to the very
beginnings of the transport preservation movement in this country: our
LGOC Horse Drawn bus is believed to have been set aside for
preservation just after the First World War and as such is one of the
longest museum preserved urban transport items in Britain. Since that
time, the collection has grown to form what is now perhaps the most
comprehensive tangible record of any city's urban transport system.
The London Transport Museum itself is quite young. Although parts of
LT's collection had been displayed on and off for many years, it was
not until 1980 that the present museum opened in its Covent Garden
The Flower Market
The great cast-iron framed hall which houses the museum dates from
1870, built by the Duke of Bedford to include a central flower market.
When the markets moved to the former Nine Elms steam Locomotive depot
in 1975, the idea of bringing London's transport inheritance to the old
flower market was an inspired one. the museum opened in 1980.
Twelve years after the opening, the museum has become an important part
of London's museum scene. During 1993 a £4 million investment
was made to increase display space with spectacular new mezzanine
floors linked by a curved bridge across the bus and tram sections. At
the same time, the Museum's displays have been totally renewed and now
include nearly 100 interactive multimedia or audiovisual information on
This FAQ (frequently asked questions) is also
a running Q&A (questions & Answers) so you can ask and we will answer or find out for you.
Index of things
Histories of Things
By Laurence Skelding