You Can Explore The Fascinating Past Of London Transport Museum Online
The newly-refurbished Flower Market, shown in an artist’s impressions from 1978, was over three times the size of the old Syon Park site. It was intended to transform the collection into a ‘proper’ museum, one that actively cared for its collection, promoted public transport as a theme and actively encouraged schools to visit.
Thomas Tilling ‘Knifeboard’ type horse bus from 1851
The museum collection dates back much further — almost a whole century in fact. In the 1920s, the London General Omnibus Company decided to preserve two Victorian horse buses and an early motorbus for future generations, and so the se were sown.
The museum has been housed in several locations since then, including in an erstwhile bus garage in Clapham during the 1960s, and a stint at Syon Park in west London from 1973, as the London Transport Collection.
The flower market in use in the 1970s
Over in Covent Garden, meanwhile, the flower businesses were moving out to modern warehouses at Nine Elms in 1974. This left some beautiful premises, with their train station-esque cast iron fans windows, empty — and it wasn’t long before what was to become London Transport Museum made plans to relocate once again.
Last Updated 25 March 2020