The adult-only Friday Late from 6.45pm to 10pm on 20 May features creative activities inspired by the exhibition, including mosaic making, map creating and a talk from the Head of Design and Architecture at London Underground. There will also be a bar, a vinyl-only DJ, a quiz and curator-led tours to welcome in the exhibition and the weekend.
Visitors will be able to discover the visual to the virtual, Victorian engineering genius to modernist masterpieces, as Designology uncovers the fascinating designs and processes behind London’s moving metropolis.
Immersive displays and never before seen items will explore the familiarity of everyday design, while historical and contemporary design innovation is uncovered in posters from the golden age of travel. Historic and modern examples of Tube maps will be intertwined with tickets and signage to give visitors the chance to discover the art and aesthetics behind the functional and familiar.
Some of the objects on display to the public for the first time include an 1834 Shillibeer Woolwich Omnibus timetable, original architectural drawings by Charles Holden of Arnos Grove and Sudbury art deco stations, and a 1994 magnetic ticket hall station model kit.
The exhibition is accompanied by a wide programme of events including talks and late debates, as well as a pop up design Studio – an exciting part of the exhibition space which gives visitors of all ages the chance to meet professional and student designers in residence and get involved in their work.
Visitors to Designology can also download the new London Transport Museum app, which offers exclusive content such as behind-the-scenes insights and objects which did not make the final cut for the exhibition, as well as the Museum’s full events calendar.
Passers-by looking at an enamel map outside Strand Underground station, Topical Press, 1937