Research

There are many ways to use the collections at London Transport Museum to find out more about London's public transport, past present and future.

Research at the Museum

The starting point for research at the Museum is the Library at Covent Garden. Our unique collection contains over 14,000 books, journals and special collections covering the development of London and its public transport. 

To find out more about Library opening hours and appointments, see our visiting page. To find out more about what’s in the Library, see our Library page.

Research at the Depot

The Museum Depot at Acton holds the main collections of vehicles, signs, posters, photographs, ephemera, plans, drawings and small objects. As the Depot is a working store, research visits are limited to the days set aside for this purpose. Most collections are accessible for research but not all. If you are interested in specific material please contact the Duty Curator with your request giving as much information as you can, and include a contact number. If access is possible, an appointment can be made to visit and look at material (normally Mondays, but other days may be possible by arrangement if sufficient notice is given).

Tel: +44 (0)20 7565 7274 (Duty Curator available Mondays and Thursdays only)
Email:  [email protected]

Research online

The Museum is continually adding to the ways in which you can access our collections. You can explore the results in our Online CollectionsInformation resources and through the Exploring twentieth-century London website.

Research into family history

The Museum does not have any responsibility for formal personnel records. Surviving company records are managed by Transport for London Corporate Archives. The main source of information at the Museum for individual employees is our series of staff magazines, which include some individual names from 1914 onwards. Because many formal records have not survived, the staff magazines often provide the only remaining reference to individuals employed by the organisation. They also provide a fascinating insight into the social and working lives of ordinary people across the organisation at different times. Our information sheet summarises the records available at the Museum. A visit to the Library can also be helpful for background research. It may, for example, help you identify which company your ancestor could have worked for and whether any records exist.

Family history at London Transport Museum [193 KB]

Archives

The official records for Transport for London, London Transport and predecessor companies are administered by Transport for London corporate archives Please contact them direct for information about surviving records.

Contact us

Tel: +44 (0)20 7565 7280
Email: [email protected]