• Transform magazine
  • December 13, 2018

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A-Z of London: preview

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This weekend, 23-24 April, the London Transport Museum depot will be open in one of only a few scheduled events, The A-Z of London.

Located in Acton, West London, the museum depot is usually closed to the public – its well-known counterpart, the London Transport Museum, is in Covent Garden.

Yet for the centennial celebration of the iconic Johnston font, which has characterised the London Underground brand since its inception in 1916, the museum depot will open its doors to showcase 32,000 objects from the history of the London Underground.

Attractions over the two-day event include chances to view the original wooden printing blocks designed and carved by Johnston. This is as well as a talk on 23 April by Ewan Clayton, author of The Golden Thread – the Story of Writing, about fonts throughout history.

There is also a focus on calligraphy across the weekend event, including the chance to create a woodblock stamp or design your own London Underground visual identity, using calligraphy.

It presents a great opportunity to explore the history behind one of London’s most loved heritage aspects, a feature of the city which has remained relatively unchanged for over a century.

To book tickets or for more information, click here.