Families visiting London Transport Museum over October half-term will discover another side to the capital as they join activities inspired by the secret lives of some of the city’s residents.
From the antics of London’s nocturnal wildlife to weird and wonderful jobs on the transport network, this hidden side of London life will be the theme of movement workshops, ‘make and take’ craft activities and a family trail around the Museum’s galleries.
From the sly, bushy-tailed red fox to the hooting, swooping tawny owl, learn about London’s urban wildlife and see the city from their perspective in an imaginative dance and movement workshop.
Get creative in a ‘make and take’ craft workshop that celebrates London’s bat population – specifically the protected Daubenton species that reside in the closed-off tunnels of disused Highgate station. Learn about these special creatures and make bat masks inspired by them to take home.
Weave around heritage buses and trains and past iconic transport posters and quirky objects on a trail through the Museum’s galleries. At each stop you’ll discover a ‘hidden job’ on the transport network.
Unusual object handling
Learn about weird and wonderful jobs on London’s transport network and meet the people behind them. In this sensory activity young visitors can examine mystery objects linked to these unusual roles to discover the stories they reveal about life in the capital.
While at the Museum, families can visit the award-winning Hidden London exhibition in the Global Gallery to learn more about the protected bat colony at disused Highgate station as well as other secret locations on the transport network.
Visitors can also see real buses, Tube trains and maps spanning 200 years of the capital’s transport history, learn how to drive a modern-day Elizabeth line train in the Future Engineers gallery, and have fun climbing aboard an array of kid-sized London vehicles in the All Aboard play zone.
Family activities will run from Saturday 22 to Sunday 30 October. Adult tickets to London Transport Museum cost £21 and include free return entry for a whole year. Kids go free! Tickets can be booked in advance online at www.ltmusem.co.uk