Who can remember when the Birmingham Post & Mail had a mobile print room – a feature at big sporting events and agricultural shows around the Midlands? Well, if you can you might be interested in a new, free exhibition celebrating the role of the humble bus on people’s lives.
Ticket to Ride is open now and will run at Coventry Transport Museum until October 28 2018. The exhibition showcases both historical buses with connections to the city and new and emerging technologies in this exciting temporary exhibition.
The buses on display complement the existing vehicles which can be seen within the museum, including the famed bus that took Coventry City on their open-top ride in 1987.
Ticket to Ride includes a 1950s double decker Daimler – Bus 333 – which shuttled Coventrians across the city for many years and a 1950 Daimler CVD6 model, better known as Mabel, which began its life as a mobile print room for the Birmingham Post & Mail.
As well as offering a peek into the city’s vehicle-making past and bus travel culture, there’s also a great deal of family activities available, as well as a glimpse into the future with a Midlands made driverless pod.
Francis Ranford, Cultural and Creative Director of Coventry Transport Museum, said Ticket to Ride is all about telling the stories of this much-loved form of transport and creating an interactive and fun environment to learn more about buses and their impact on the city.
Francis said: “This is the first time all of the buses in our collection have been on display at the same time; both in this exhibition and in our work days and holidays permanent gallery, so it really is a fantastic opportunity for families and bus-lovers to visit.
“There’s also plenty of fun activities taking place within the exhibition itself, including dress up and imaginative play opportunities on Mabel, which was once a camper van which toured across Afghanistan.
“As well as that, there are daily activities taking place in the exhibition, chances to see the transport of the future and hear and share stories on the impact that buses have had.
“We’ve just added the Vectus – a TDI, Midlands-made driverless pod – which may well be a feature of public transport in the future.”
Francis added: “Of course, there’s also so much to see and do throughout the museum. We have the world’s largest collection of British Road Transport, all of which has connections to Coventry and the city’s automotive heritage.
“From the earliest vehicles right through to the world’s two fastest land vehicles and everything in between, there is plenty for all of the family to see, experience and learn from.
“Not only that, we’ve got a huge collection of toy cars and vehicles on display – so if you’ve enjoyed Play at the Herbert this summer, you’ll love this!”
Coventry Transport Museum is open seven days a week and entrance is free. For more information on Ticket to Ride, go to http://www.transport-museum.com/events/1344/ticket_to_ride