2014: The Year of the Bus

Did you know that 2014 is the Year of the Bus?

Year of the Bus

The London Transport Museum and Transport for London are working together this year to promote London’s bus network and ‘remind the world of the incredible role it plays in this great city’ (TfL). They’ve painted one of Boris’s Buses silver for the occasion and are running a variety of events throughout the year including talks, garage open days, exhibitions and more. Most exciting (probably) is the logo which features on a pin badge issued to all London Bus drivers and a special edition Oyster card. I also really enjoyed these videos about people’s personal experiences of buses, produced for the project on TfL’s website. You can submit your own reasons for loving your bus by emailing: LoveYourBus@tfl.gov.uk.

Why buses? Why 2014?

  • 60 years since iconic Routemaster ‘RM’ first introduced
  • 75 years since Regent Three ‘RT’ first introduced
  • 100 years since innovative ‘B’ type buses were used at the Front during the First World War

What TfL think about buses:

Our buses are the arteries of the capital, moving large numbers of people around the city – across the centre and to the extremities. They have affected great social change and continue to offer a lifeline to a diverse range of Londoners. Buses also support the needs of our growing city and in turn help London to function as the engine room of the UK’s economy

Meanwhile, the London Transport Museum wants to explore 3 themes: Heritage (as per the anniversaries above), People (everyone involved in delivery the bus service in London) and Economy and Innovation ( the economic contribution of buses). Their website lists some interesting ‘bus facts’, my favourite fact being that 96% of London households are within a 400m / 5 minute walk of their local bus service. At the centre of their celebrations will be the restoration of a B-Type bus in khaki livery to commemorate the First World War Centenary. Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Friends of London Transport Museum, the project ‘Battle Bus’ will deliver the restored vehicle for use in various events later in the year.

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Amy ‘213Bus’ Graham, MA Heritage (Contemporary Practice)

I know I haven’t posted in a while. It is not through lack of trying, I’ve just been doing other things!

MA SubmissionAmy '213bus' Graham MA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Firstly, I realise that I never said a final thank you to everyone who submitted their thoughts, memories and collections to my project during the completion of my Masters degree in Heritage (Contemporary Practice) at Kingston University. I submitted on September 3rd 2013: my essay (or ‘critical reflection’) which was a sort of academic piece on the project and how I completed it, my bus costume, my collection of bus related material and a project diary/book with essay, blog posts and future proposals inside. Please accept my huge thanks for your contribution big or small, I have felt so privileged to meet/make contact with you and represent the 213 bus and what it means to people who use it. In the end, I received the dissertation prize (though no actual prize!) and got a distinction for my degree so am very happy!

Secondly, the reason I have been so busy of late is that my MA degree allowed me to apply for and successfully get the Local History Officer position within the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames. I now work full time researching Kingston’s local history and looking after our collection of photos, newspapers, books, leaflets and other ephemera. The good news is that I am now is an enviable position in terms of accessing bus related local history materials, the bad news is that I am exhausted from each day at work and can’t quite motivate myself to stay late to research bus stuff! I hope I will gradually adjust to the new timetable and would like to be a bit more consistent in posting from now on.

Thanks for reading, keep your thoughts, memories and questions coming!