Discover the foundations of one of the world’s most enduring brands; rare objects on display for the first time at London Transport Museum’s Acton depot


London Transport Museum is putting on display recent finds on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 September, when its Acton depot, normally closed to the public, will open its doors for the Design Uncovered Open Weekend.

Forming part of the Museum’s London by Design season running from 11 September 2015 until 10 April 2016, Design Uncovered will celebrate London’s enduring transport design heritage and its now internationally recognised branding.


Guests will be invited to view newly discovered objects relating to Edward Johnston and the very beginnings of the world-renowned eponymous Johnston font a version of which, has been used across the network and publicity materials since 1916. Known as ‘London’s handwriting’, it is seen by millions of passengers on transport signage and branding every day.


Items on display will include the original printing blocks used for the Johnston font and an original leather bound gift that features Edward Johnston’s last piece of public calligraphy and was given to Frank Pick, the then Chief Executive of London Transport who commissioned many of London’s transport design icons. Transport for London’s (TfL) new Design Idiom – a manual to ensure all stations conform to the same exacting aesthetic standard will also be on display.


In addition there is the opportunity to see classic London Underground signs, uniforms as well as vintage buses and trains from the depot’s collection of 320,000 objects.


Elizabeth Scott, Head Curator at London Transport Museum, said: “Seeing these original printing blocks, Underground signage and other objects on display allows visitors to see for themselves how little the font and transport network’s logo has changed over the years and how right Johnston and Pick got things all those years ago.”


On Sunday 27 September only a talk will also be given by Harriet Wallace-Jones of Wallace and Sewell – the award winning design duo that has created the contemporary and iconic upholstery for today’s London Underground and London Overground train seating.


Entry to the Museum Depot in Acton is from 11am until 5pm with last entry at 4pm. On Saturday 26 September only, guests will also be able to take a free shuttle bus to the nearby Siemens Heathrow Express Depot, where they can learn more about modern train design, taking a walk under a stationary train ready for maintenance.


To buy tickets to the Design Uncovered Open Weekend, visit or call 020 7565 7298 / 020 7565 7299


Tickets cost £10 (conc. £8). Young people under the age of 17 go free. Under 12s must be accompanied by an adult.


A brand new ‘ice-cream taxi cab’ will also be parked up at the depot serving ice creams and lollies to visitors.


Entry is also covered by the London by Design pass.


Costing £20 the pass has been introduced to celebrate the London by Design season at London Transport Museum – a season of events celebrating the past, present and future of design.


The pass is valid from 11 September 2015 to 4 January 2016 and includes:

· Entry to Design Uncovered

· Two daytime visits to London Transport Museum, where guests can visit London by Design events including the Night Shift exhibition, which runs from 11 September 2015 to 10 April 2016

· Entry to designjunction, which is part of the London Design Festival and runs from 24 to 27 September.


For more information on the London by Design season and its events, visit:

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