The 2018 Covent Garden Dinner and Auction was held on 6 November 2018 in the magnificent Guildhall in the heart of the City of London. Over 450 business and political leaders attended the event in support of the London Transport Museum, raising much-needed funds for our work with young people.
The 2018 Year of Engineering was a common thread running throughout the evening with the Mayor Sadiq Khan, Commissioner of Transport for London Mike Brown MVO, and Dr Hayaatun Sillem, LTM Trustee and Chief Executive of the Royal Academy of Engineering, all talking about the importance of encouraging greater diversity in the industry.
The Museum has been proud to be apartner of the 2018 Year of Engineering which aims to give thousands of young people direct and inspiring experiences of engineering, highlighting how a career in engineering offers young people real opportunities to shape the future of the world in which we live. We look forward to continuing its legacy in the coming years through our Enjoyment to Employment programme, which seeks to turn children’s love of transport into careers in industry, helping to address the industry’s continuing lack of engineers.
Over the course of the evening we heard from Julia Bariotakis, an engineering apprentice at Siemens, who spoke eloquently about the opportunities she gained in our Route into Work programme, while the Mayor himself discussed London investment and the healthy streets agenda and encouraged support for our Enjoyment to Employment programme. He also highlighted the need to invest in the future of London’s young people in order to address the shortfall of students taking up STEM subjects. The Commissioner outlined the challenges we face for the future and made the case for continued investment in transport to ensure London’s economic growth. Dr Sillem discussed how our Museum encourages young people representative of London’s communities to take up careers in engineering.
The event raised £317,000 for our charitable education and heritage preservation work, of which a fantastic £83,500 was raised from our live and silent auctions. Thank you to everyone who contributed to this and for helping us to smash our previous year’s total of £256,000.
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