Visitors to the London Transport Museum this Friday (May 17th) have a unique opportunity to attend Brightest London, a special after-hours event where they can enjoy the museum's displays by twilight and also participate in a range of talks, workshops and other activities.
Running from 6:45pm to 10pm, Brightest London promises to bring to life exhibits that include posters, vehicles, signs, models and uniforms. Museum-goers can dress up for photoshoots that recreate historical posters and join Artyard Handmade for a screen-printing workshop – creating canvas bags inspired by the iconic designs of the London transport world.
Novelist and journalist Andrew Martin will also be present, discussing his latest book Underground, Overground. A witty, anecdotal account of the history of the world's first underground railway, the book provides a passenger's perspective on the tube – "perfect for the non-trainspotter", says the museum.
The London Transport Museum's events programme for 2013 is dominated by the London Underground's 150th anniversary celebrations and Friday's late opening is the perfect opportunity to see the museum's blockbuster Poster Art 150 exhibition. This carefully-curated display showcases 150 of "the greatest Underground posters ever produced" from a collection of over 3,300 held in the museum's archive.
Posters by famous artists like Paul Nash, Edward McKnight Kauffer and Man Ray hang alongside lesser known but equally striking 19th and 20th century images. The exhibition has an interactive element too, with attendees invited to vote for their favourite in the ensemble. When the show finally concludes in October, the museum will reveal the nation's best-loved Underground posters.
Students at Central Saint Martins have created a series of short animated films based on Poster Art 150 designs, adding sound and movement to already dynamic compositions, and visitors to Brightest London can see exclusive screenings alongside the original images.
Admission to the event costs £8 for adults and a concessionary rate of £6 is available. The museum should prove easy to reach for those staying in central London hotels, being served by the Covent Garden, Leicester Square, Charing Cross and Holborn tube stops.