Just a quicky, because I covered this topic a few months ago, here. Acton Depot is London Transport Museum’s storage warehouse. Enthused by my first visit and encouraged by London Historians member David Burnell who is a volunteer guide at Acton Depot, we organised a special guided tour for our members which took place yesterday. David and his colleague Niall took us on a three hour detailed tour of the facility. It was fascinating, and yet in many ways we barely scratched the surface. For me the best bits – something I missed last time – were the posters and commissioned artwork which promoted the network. There are over 30,000 items in the collection, so we only saw a tiny fraction. But such treasure! The moving force behind this in the early days was the legendary Frank Pick who commissioned arts graduates and leading artists alike (Paul Nash, Man Ray and others). All of the collection has been digitised and can be searched and viewed on the LTM website.
My only criticism of Acton Depot – not their fault – is lack of pubs in the immediate vicinity! So we hopped two stations down the District Line to Turnham Green and had a convivial sesh in the London Historians custom at the excellent Tabard in Chiswick.