MuseumNext London going underground with Mail Rail
Delegates will have the opportunity to whizz around on tiny trains under the streets of London at a special social event on the first day of MuseumNext London 2018.
This year MuseumNext have partnered with Art Fund to put together the first day of the conference where delegates are encouraged to explore the rich culture and heritage of London.
As well as giving all delegates a National Art Pass to get free and discounted entry at museums and galleries across the city, Art Fund have organised a social event for the evening of the first day of the conference at The Postal Museum (which is currently shortlisted for the Art Fund Museum of the Year 2018).
The Postal Museum, which opened last summer tells the history of the post. One of the major attractions of the museum has been the opportunity to ride on the Mail Rail, the mothballed underground network that carried post to sorting offices between Paddington and Liverpool Street stations.
Delegates will have an exclusive private view of the museum and the opportunity to try the Mail Rail.
‘Opening up Mail Rail to the public is the thing that has really captured the imagination of all of our visitors’ said Simon Opie, director of the Postal Museum. ‘It was the opening of something most people did not know existed. Fortunately the people who come really enjoy that, but they also enjoy everything else we have to offer.’
MuseumNext founder Jim Richardson said, ‘MuseumNext London brings together more than 500 museum professionals from across Europe and further afield. Social events like this one at The Postal Museum provide delegates with an excellent opportunity to meet colleagues who they might otherwise never meet. It gives people the chance to make new connections, forge partnerships and build their professional networks’.
In addition to the social event at The Postal Museum, delegates will be welcomed to the Natural History Museum in South Kensington on the evening of the second night of the conference for a private view of Wildlife Photographer of the Year.
MuseumNext London 2018 takes place 18 – 20 June, with three days of inspiration, innovation and networking.