Hamleys in partnership with London Transport Museum

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AIM member, London Transport Museum hit the headlines last week for a partnership with famous London toy shop, Hamleys. The store has launched an interactive attraction based on the London Underground on the lower floor of its Regent Street store.

“We are delighted to be the only place in London where families can enjoy the experience of being in the driver’s cab of an underground train, making a trip to Hamleys all the more exciting,” says Ralph Cunningham, retail and brand director of Hamleys. “We look forward to continuing our strong relationship with the London Transport Museum.”

The new attraction includes an interactive tube station area and a 1970s train driver’s cab, thanks to the partnership with London Transport Museum. It also has other transport games, a Nerf tunnel target board and in-store entertainment.

Read more at Attractions Management.

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HERITAGE ENGINE TRAINEESHIPS AVAILABLE

Two Heritage-lottery funded heritage engine traineeships are being advertised at:

http://www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk/Visit_Us/Gressenhall_Farm_and_Workhouse/Skills_for_the_Future/Training_Opportunities/index.htm

Closing date 18 February 2014 with a start date of 1st April.

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More details are available at: http://www.transport-museum.com/gettinginvolved/WorkAtTheMuseum.aspx

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The sad news has been announced that John Snell,  one of the early pioneers of the railway heritage movement has passed away. John was involved with the Talyllyn Railway from its earliest days, and was the fireman on the first train to run on the Talyllyn under preservation. He subsequently worked for London Transport,  British Railways and for 28 years as the General Manager of the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway.

See the TR web site: http://www.talyllyn.co.uk/news/john-snell-1932-2013

 

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Following a Museums Association report on the 8th January that appeared to imply that as a result of further government cuts, there would be reductions in funding for museums, the Arts Council has issued further guidance  to clarify the position and reassure the sector that funding will be maintained.

More details are available at the AIM web site: http://www.aim-museums.co.uk/article/museum_development_funding/

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