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From the Home Front to the Western Front


As part of the centenary commemoration of World War One, The London Transport Museum is inviting visitors to discover the untold story of London's Home Front during the First World War. Combing the exhibition with their celebration of The Year of the Bus, Goodbye Piccadilly will teach you all about the role of London buses between 1914 - 1918. For example, did you know that drivers took their buses to the Western Front?

Although the war was devastating, it did have the benefit of accelerating great social change and technological advancement. Women were now able to take on the role of men, such as becoming part of the transport workforce. One of the highlights of the exhibition is a 1914 female bus conductor's uniform.

Other items on display include rarely seen propaganda posters, trench art, and the main attraction, 'Ole Bill'. 'Ole Bill' is a 1911 B-type bus No. B43. It was one of over a thousand B-type buses to be requisitioned by the War Department for use on the Western Front. After the war it was refurbished as a permanent memorial, and named after 'Ole Bill', Bruce Bairnsfather's popular wartime cartoon character.

The exhibit is included with entry to the museum, which costs 15 for adults, 11.50 concessions, and is free for under 17s.
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Why? Learn about history
When: Until 8th March 2015
Phone: 44 (0)20 7379 6344
Where: London Transport Museum
Cost: 15 adult, 11.50 concession, Free for under 17s
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