Easter Family Fun at London Transport Museum
Easter Family Fun – Young Engineers – 30 March to 15 April
Stay and play workshops and storytelling sessions inspired by James Greathead, the man who created the revolutionary ‘Greathead’ Shield, which was the first tunnel digging machine to help build the Underground in the late 19th century.
Storytelling – Mr Greathead’s Great Idea!
Meet Mr Greathead and hear stories of how his tunnelling machine helped save the lives of tunnel miners and birds and how his ideas are still in use today with big building projects like Crossrail.
Sessions take place at 11:00 and 14:00 and last approximately 20 minutes, most suitable for families with children aged 3 to 7 years
Stay-and-play – Mr Greathead’s Great Idea!
Children can use junk and recycled materials to build make-believe places of the imagination. When engineers like Mr Greathead make plans to dig out tunnels, they need to find something to do with all the dirt. In this workshop children will be challenged to imagine how they would re-use materials to change the landscapes of where they live – such as planting a forest on a dirt hill, or creating a wetland for birds like at Wallasea Island, or maybe a mountain in the middle of London.
From 11:30 to 12:45 and 14:30 to 15:45, drop in sessions, suitable for families with children aged 5 to 12 years
SEN Early Explorer Morning, Saturday 7 April
For families with Special Educational Needs. Enjoy the Museum at a quieter time, free from the general public and take part in one of the interactive workshops and demonstrations. Many of the gallery sounds are switched off, making the Museum a peaceful place to be. Children can explore the All Aboard family galleries in peace, join in bespoke craft activities or get hands on with genuine parts of transport history.
08:30 to 10:00
Advanced booking required due to limited places. Visitors should call 020 7565 7298 to book a place now.
As well as the Easter Family Fun activities families should check out London Transport Museum’s new gallery and exhibition which are part of the Year of Engineering 2018 which aims to raise the profile of engineering among 7 to16 year olds and to encourage a career in this field.
Digging Deeper gallery – opens 23 March 2018
Featuring a giant audio-visual tunnel projection and a life-size recreation of the tunnelling shield that dug the world’s first electric Tube railway in 1890, visitors will be able to lose themselves in the history of remarkable engineering feats, the hazardous working conditions of the 19th century and early engineering pioneers. Younger visitors can try their hand at building their own tunnel using a set of foam tunnel rings. The exhibition is supported by Biffa Award, Mott MacDonald and London Transport Museum Friends.
The Secret Life of a Megaproject exhibition – opens 23 March 2018
Uncover the secrets of the Crossrail project – the largest civil engineering project in Europe. Families can take a virtual journey deep underground into the tunnels and stations with never-before-seen construction footage, interactive maps and stories from a new generation of engineers who are building the Elizabeth line. Objects on display include a drone used as part of construction and the original prototype of the new Elizabeth line roundel.
Other new exhibitions, activities and events as part of the Year of Engineering 2018 include the new Future Engineers gallery, opening 13 July 2018 which asks visitors to find out if they are a dreamer, planner or fixer; The Great Summer of Engineering Family Fun activities from 21 July to 3 September and the Acton Depot Open Weekend: Moving London on 22 and 23 September.