Exhibition and events at London Transport Museum


* London Stories Friday Late – 14 February
* London Stories Live: London authors tell their stories – Monday 3 March

London Transport Museum is celebrating its new Serco Prize for Illustration 2014 exhibition, London Stories, with two special events in February and March.



London Stories Friday Late – 14 February

18.45 to 22.00 (last admission 21.30)

Explore the Museum after hours and enjoy the opening night of the London Stories exhibition during the evening of Friday 14 February 2014. As well as a bar, DJ, and a London Stories quiz, there will be tours of the Museum’s new poster parade, I Love London, the opportunity to strike a pose with a choice of props in our photo booth, and the launch of the new Museum cocktail – The Night Bus with a 2-for-1 offer (normal price £8.00).

During the evening visitors can be amongst the first to enjoy the Museum’s new London Stories exhibition which showcases over 50 works of art – the best of the entries for The Serco Prize for Illustration 2014. The illustrations feature intriguing images of London narratives; from anecdotal urban myths to grand tales of historic legend, fictitious and real characters and events, all with one thing in common – some of London’s fascinating stories.

Other highlights of the evening include:

* Adult storyteller Vanessa Woolf performing Okori Borokku a fascinating tale of an Aztec myth updated to feature contemporary London. She will tell the story of a demon who steals all the urban pathways, railway tracks, Tube tunnels, stairs, pavements and roads. Okori will perform in the Museum’s ‘padded cell’ a Victorian underground train carriage.
* Make and take workshop – Patchwork myths and symbols: make your own printed patchwork square or heart using a selection of templates inspired by London stories and urban myths. Led by Artyard Handmade
* Make and take workshop – Folded stories: experiment with paper folding and illustration techniques to create own private storybook to treasure. Led by the winner of The Serco Prize for Illustration in 2011 year, Anne Wilson
* Become part of the stories by joining the fun collaborative round-robin storytelling sessions during which each member of the spontaneous circle will be given a London focused object to inspire their part of the story

Artist Lizzie Mary Cullen who will create a live interactive illustration tracing her journey to the Museum and including local stories and events from her route. Visitors will have the chance to tweet or suggest ideas for her to add to the illustration throughout the evening


London Stories Live: London authors tell their stories – Monday 3 March

18.30 to 20.00

Three authors reveal the inspiration behind their London stories and give short readings. Travis Elborough’s book, A London Year: 365 days of the city life in diaries, journals and letters is an anthology of diary entries from Tudor times to the 21st century. Hannah Velten discusses Beastly London and how animals have always been important in the story of London, while Mark Mason describes his odyssey over several hundred miles as he walked the entire length of the London Underground system – over-ground – passing every station along the way in his book, Walk the Lines. The audience will have the opportunity to purchase books and have them signed after the event.

Tickets to each event are £10.00 (£8.00 concessions). Daytime adult admission to the Museum galleries, including the London Stories exhibition, is £15.00 (£11.50 concessions) Tickets allow unlimited return admission to the Museum for 12 months. Children and young people aged 17 and under go free. The London Stories exhibition closes on 6 April 2014.

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* Numbers to the Okori Borokku story telling aboard the ‘padded cell’ Victorian Underground carriage will be limited to 12 people at a time.

About the Serco Prize for Illustration

• The London Stories exhibition has been organised by London Transport Museum in partnership with the Association of Illustrators (AOI) and is sponsored by Serco. All of the illustrations are accompanied by a short text written by the artists summarising the inspiration behind their creation.

• The illustrations have been chosen from entries submitted by professionals and students for The Serco Prize for Illustration 2014 – a competition open to leading illustrators throughout the world. This is the fourth year that Serco have sponsored the awards and exhibition. Previous themes were Cycling, The River Thames and Secret London.

• The overall winners will be announced at an award ceremony on 12 February 2014 prior to the exhibition opening on 14 February. The first prize entry will appear on Transport for London services as a transport poster.

• The Serco Prize for Illustration 2014 judging panel:

o Sarah Allen, Head of Communications & Marketing, Serco Docklands

o Derek Brazell, Projects Manager, Association of Illustrators

o Amelia Gregory, Editor, Art Director and Publisher, Amelia’s Magazine

o Brian Grimwood, Managing Director, Central Illustration Agency

o Libby Hamilton, Art Buyer, Templar Publishing

o Chris MacLeod, Marketing Director, Transport for London

o Neil McFarland, Creative Director, UsTwo

o Mark Sinclair, Deputy Editor, Creative Review

o Kevin Thomas, Managing Director, Serco Docklands

o Natasha Tomalin, Deputy Art Editor, Stylist

o Michael Walton, Head of Trading, London Transport Museum

o Brian Webb, Director, Webb and Webb Design

About The Night Bus cocktail

* Created by Searcys the onsite caterer at London Transport Museum, the ingredients of The Night Bus cocktail include: vodka, chocolate syrup, dash of milk,cocoa
* Searcys, have been the onsite caterer at the London Transport Museum for eight years. For one night only, during the London Stories Friday Late at the Museum on Friday 14 February. Since 1847, Searcys have been one of the UK’s finest caterers at acclaimed restaurants, Champagne bars and venues throughout London.


About the Association of Illustrators

* The Association of Illustrators (AOI) is a non-profit trade association established in 1973, with members consisting primarily of freelance illustrators as well as agents, clients, students and colleges. As the only body to represent illustrators and campaign for their rights in the UK, the AOI has successfully increased the standing of illustration as a profession and improved the commercial and ethical conditions of employment. The AOI devises an annual events programme and provides an advisory service for its members. It publishes a quarterly magazine, ‘Varoom’ and produces the annual ‘images’ prize and touring exhibition, now in its 38th year, which celebrates the best in contemporary British illustration.

• The Association of Illustrators, telephone: 020 7759 1010, email: info@theaoi.com, www.theaoi.com

About Serco

• Serco is an international service company, which combines commercial know-how with a deep public service ethos.

• Around the world, we improve essential services by managing people, processes, technology and assets more effectively. We advise policy makers, design innovative solutions, integrate systems and – most of all – deliver to the public.

• Serco supports governments, agencies and companies who seek a trusted partner with a solid track record of providing assured service excellence. Our people offer operational, management and consulting expertise in the aviation, BPO, defence, education, environmental services, facilities management, health, home affairs, information and communications technology, knowledge services, local government, science and nuclear, transport, welfare to work and the commercial sectors.

• More information can be found at www.serco.com.

About Serco’s transport business

• Serco delivers innovative transport solutions, whether by air, road, water or rail, to public transport authorities, government departments and commercial enterprises around the world.

• Our focus on operational efficiencies and improving sustainability support our customers in meeting their strategic aims and objectives. Serco’s experience in providing a wide range of multi-modal transport solutions in Asia, Europe, the Middle-East and North America enables us to tailor our services to meet the needs of a diverse travelling public. Our aim is to ensure that by delivering high-quality services, we can make a difference to people’s journeys and lives.

• Serco has a successful track record and compelling offer in both the UK and global light and heavy rail markets. We operate the UK’s largest passenger rail franchise, Northern Rail as well as Merseyrail with our joint venture partner, Abellio. Since 1997, Serco has operated and maintained London’s award-winning Docklands Light Railway (DLR). In Australia, we own Great Southern Rail which operates the iconic tourist trains – The Indian Pacific, the Ghan and the Overlander – and in the Middle East we have been operating the driverless Dubai Metro system since 2008.

• Serco operates the iconic Barclays Cycle Hire Scheme in London on behalf of ransport for London (TfL). Launched in 2010, Serco designed, built and implemented this innovative scheme, in conjunction with TfL. Today, the scheme has seen over 25 million hires and has been expanded across the capital.

• Also, in the UK, Serco operates NorthLink Ferries to the Shetland Islands and Orkney Islands, building on our experience delivering a range of marine support services for the Royal Navy.

• In the USA, Serco provides a bus transportation service to and from Washington Dulles International Airport for the US National Conservation Training Centre. We also provide on demand and scheduled bus services for the UK’s Royal Air Force.

• Serco is the only significant non-government provider of air traffic services in the world. We operate on a global basis and handle about six million aircraft movements each year at airports in Europe, the Middle East and North America on behalf of the UK’s Ministry of Defence, the US Federal Aviation Administration and the United Arab Emirates’ Area Control Centre in Abu Dhabi.

• Serco recently secured a major US contract to integrate and operate the state of Virginia’s five transport operation centres and the contract to operate the Dubai Tramway system.

About London Transport Museum

• London Transport Museum is situated in the heart of Covent Garden and filled with stunning exhibits; the Museum explores the powerful link between transport and the growth of modern London, culture and society since 1800. Historic vehicles, world-famous posters and the very best objects from the Museum’s extraordinary collection are brought together to tell the story of London’s development and the part transport played in defining the unique identity of the city.

• London Transport Museum is an educational and heritage preservation charity. Its purpose is to conserve and explain the history of London’s transport, to offer people an understanding of the Capital’s past development and to engage them in the debate about its future. The Museum’s charity number is 1123122.

• London Transport Museum opening hours:

o Saturday to Thursday 10.00 to 18.00 (last admission 17.15)

o Friday 11.00 to 18.00 (last admission 17.15).

Public information:

o Talks & events bookings: +44 (0)20 7565 7298

o Switchboard: +44 (0)20 7379 6344 – general information

o Address: Covent Garden Piazza, WC2E 7BB

o 24 hour information: +44 (0)20 7565 7299


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