Explosion of bus activities at Depot

Explosion of bus activities at Depot

With just two weeks before the Museum opens its doors for the spring Open Weekend at the Depot at Acton, plans are afoot for activities to celebrate the Year of the Bus.

A live steam bus - a stunning replica of Hancock’s 1833 Enterprise - will be running all weekend in the grounds of the Depot. Visitors will also have access to the Depot’s vast collections and an exciting line up of activities and special exhibits, including model layouts and behind-the-scenes curator tours.

As well as having another chance to explore this fascinating store of transport treasures, there will also be a number of activities celebrating the iconic London bus that Friends will enjoy. These include:

  • A unique chance to see inside some of the buses in the Museum collection (16.00-17.00 only)
  • A mini bus rally from private collections
  • What’s that bus? Volunteer led talks of specially selected buses
  • Heritage bus runs in the Acton area
  • Bus pit tours
  • Talk by Nick Tyler, Chadwick Professor of Civil Engineering at University College London, on bus design, passenger behaviour and driver performance. (Sunday only)
  • Model layouts showing London’s transport in miniature
  • Curator led tours of the small object store, with an emphasis on bus objects
  • Film screenings: Routemaster!, The Double Decker Bus Conductors (Saturday & Sunday) The Nine Road (Saturday only). Farewell Routemaster Film Challenge (Sunday only)
  • Cabinet of Curiosities showing obscure objects from the bus industry

Depot Open Weekend is Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th March, 1100-1700. Concessionary tickets for Friends are £8.