London Transport Museum Uses Projection to Tell its Story

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Sun, 10/14/2012 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Situated in Covent Garden Market the London Transport Museum is the city’s most frequented tourist hot spot. “In 1933 chief executive Frank Pick’s mantra was ‘fitness for purpose’ and he believed that good design was essential. This principle applies to the design of technology in our gallery ” explains Rob Lansdown chief projects and infrastructure officer at London Transport Museum. Today the museum uses projectiondesign F3+ and F1+ series projectors throughout the museum’s exhibit areas to tell the story of transport within London. The projection system was installed and maintained by global systems integrator Electrosonic. “We use projection to show how this unique design culture was developed across the company's entire range from vehicles and architecture to information signs and publicity. Our requirements in 2007 were for high-resolution projectors that would be stable over time as well as produce outstanding image quality in various ambient light levels and which required minimum maintenance over the lifetime of the exhibit. We are very pleased with how well the projectors have performed.” F1+ projectors are installed in a specially designed ceiling mount to project a massive 12-meter floor canvas. Visitors can see the collection of 5 000 posters and art collection for themselves as they walk through the exhibit. The technology is used to communicate the story of London in major exhibits such as Victorian transport World’s first underground Pioneer tube Travel revolution Growth of suburbia London in the 1920s and 1930s London transport at war London Icons and Transport futures. Our museum has no moving parts so through projection we are able to visualize the scale size and complexity of London’s transport adds Lansdown. “The building is an English Heritage grade II listed former Victorian flower market which relies on natural cooling and heating. As with all technology heat is an issue for us and Electronsonic designed specially mounted projection systems.”