London Transport Museum wins major award

The London Transport Museum has won a major award at the prestigious London Tourist Awards. Peter Gray reports.

London Transport Museum has scooped the Visitor Attraction of the Year award at the London Tourism Awards. The announcement came at a glittering award ceremony at the Guildhall building in the City.

The news will come as little to surprise to those who know the Covent Garden museum but the LTM team were still delighted to win such a prestigious award.

The Museum’s Director, Sam Mullins OBE, had this to say about the award: ‘We reopened post-lockdown more determined than ever to bounce back as one of the Capital’s top destinations for a great day out. Being named Visitor Attraction of the Year is a huge testament to the hard work of our team to make this a reality for our guests. In the face of the lockdowns and changing restrictions, we upgraded our galleries and introduced new programming to create engaging and relevant experiences for visitors returning to our Museum in Covent Garden and Depot in Acton Town, all whilst ensuring they felt welcome, reassured, and safe.’

The London Tourism Awards recognise and celebrate businesses from across the capital that delivery amazing experiences for visitors and champion innovation in the face of challenging times. Hosted by the London & Partners organisation, the awards are highly prestigious and indicate that an organisation has reached an exceptional level as a visitor attraction.

Awarding the prize, a spokesperson for the judging panel said that the awards body had been impressed by how London Transport Museum had tackled ‘a fascinating and multi-faceted subject with gusto and style.’  Using a variety of exhibits, large and small, the organisation had managed to engage a wide variety of visitors with the history of London’s transport system.

“The story of the capital’s public transport is the story of London’s history over the last couple of centuries and is central to its development in the coming decades; London Transport Museum celebrates this story and the people behind it.’ said the spokesperson for the London Tourism Awards.

The Covent Garden Museum has an impressive array of permanent displays and exhibitions with the institution continually developing new exhibitions and galleries. The organisation recently opened its new London 2030 gallery which offers visitors a glimpse into what environmental and technological change could mean for people living in the Capital a decade from now.

Elsewhere, the museum recently opened its newest exhibition, Legacies: London Transport’s Caribbean Workforce. Celebrating the contribution Caribbean people have made to transport in London and British culture, this exhibition explores the struggles and triumphs many of these individuals and their families experienced as they moved from the Caribbean to the UK to help keep London’s transport network running. Stories include memories from first, second and third generation Caribbean people who worked for London Transport (LT) or still work for Transport for London (TfL).

London Transport Museum is open daily from 10am-6pm. More information about the venue can be found here.

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Where: Covent Garden
Website: LTM