The Transport Museum in London explains and conserves Britain’s capital city heritage transport system. The museum has two locations within London. The Convent Garden houses the main location, while the one at Acton is the second location. The main location opened its doors for public view in the year 2007 and remains open on all days. The secondary location is more of a storage site and remains open throughout the year for the public visit. This Transport Museum under the English law is a registered charity entity. The main exhibit of this museum covers all types of transport system which were of great importance to the city of London.
The Transport Museum At Convent Gate
The Transport Museum of this location is a part of its flower, vegetable and fruit market in a Victorian iron and glass building. This market was originally planned as a flower market in 1871 by William Rogers. It is on the east side of the former market square and is located between Wellington Street, Tavistock Street, and Russell Street. In 1971, the market shifted its location and the Transport Museum took its place in 1980. The collection was earlier a part of the British Museum at Clapham. The museum closed its doors on 24th September 2005 for a major makeover. The estimated cost of this makeover was close to 22 million British Pounds. Avery Associates Architect’s Bryan Avery was the main brain behind this project.
The main reason for this makeover was to expand the collection area to be able to accommodate more exhibits from all forms of transport systems. On 22nd November 2007, the museum opened after this major makeover process. The Transport Museum is in fact within walking distance from the Charing Cross railway station and Convent Garden underground station.
The Depot At The Acton
The location at Acton is more of a depot for the Transport Museum. It opened in October 1999 and is located in West London. The exhibits that are not on display at the main museum the depot holds them at its own display area. The conservators and the curators of the museum have their base at this location. Most of the items that are too large to display at the main museum is accommodated here. This depot has a controlled and secure environment and houses 370,000 items in an area spread over 6,000 square meters. It is well connected to both road and railway systems.
The Transport Museum brings together a fine collection of buses that have retired from service. They were added to the collections of the museum at the start of the 20th century. Later, it went a step ahead by also adding rail transport system to their collection of exhibits. The main Transport Museum has an array of collections from the 19th and the 20th century. They mainly include the rail vehicles, trolley buses, trams and buses. Apart from its general exhibits, it also provides important information on the marketing and operation of the passenger services. The museum goes a step ahead of being a museum by educating the public on the effects that transport system development has on the city.