As part of my first project I will be participating in a competition held by the London Transport Museum: http://www.theaoi.com/events/index.php

The theme is London stories, real or fictional, but preferably involving London transport owned by Serco (DLR, Barclays Cycle Hire, Red Bus, London Underground, London Overground, Taxi (black), Tramlink, cycling, River and Walking) and the deadline is November 3rd.

Some ideas I’ve had so far:

Spring Heeled Jack

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spring-heeled_Jack
  • They’re a famous character from London history, varying hugely in description and abilities in many reports.
  • Most famous ability is to jump impossibly high, hence the name
  • Could link it with London transport by having them take train after a long day of jumping?
  • Maybe just has an ordinary day job, but then puts on his typical jumping suit for kicks?


Suit description: “Spring-heeled Jack was described by people who claimed to have seen him as having a terrifying and frightful appearance, with diabolical physiognomy, clawed hands, and eyes that “resembled red balls of fire”. One report claimed that, beneath a black cloak, he wore a helmet and a tight-fitting white garment like an oilskin. Many stories also mention a “Devil-like” aspect. Others said he was tall and thin, with the appearance of a gentleman. Several reports mention that he could breathe out blue and white flames and that he wore sharp metallic claws at his fingertips. At least two people claimed that he was able to speak comprehensible English.”

Source for picture and description

I did also consider using one of my favourite novels, Mortal Engines, as the basis for the poster, but I’m unsure about it. In the novel, London is one of the many moving cities, raised on wheels and eating smaller towns/cities to keep itself moving, so it would have a tenuous link with London Transport, and I could use the tagline ‘Keep London Moving’ that’s from one of the posters mentioned in the book (I think).

London Tunnel stories/novels

London Novels/books

Other London Myths

All London Transport Museum project related posts:

Third year Project 1: London Transport Museum Brief
Cast Iron Billy
London Transport Museum Competition Progress 1
London Transport Museum Progress 2
London Transport Museum Progress 3
London Transport Museum Progress 4
London Transport Museum Progress 5
London Transport Museum Progress 6 – Final Submission
London Transport Museum Progress 7 – Epilogue and Reflective Summary


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