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Friday Late: Power, play and politics


Start Date: October 26, 2018

End Date: November 08, 2018

Grab some shoulder pads, blast out some Duran Duran and get ready for a wicked 1980s themed Friday Late at London Transport Museum in Covent Garden.

Specially curated for the Museum’s Poster Girls exhibition, and with music, bars, special curator led tours, talks, 1980s style gaming, creative workshops and bonkers bingo, guests will be able to enjoy the Museum in a different way after hours.

Revealing subcultures, power dressing and passionate protests, highlights of the evening include:

  • Retro Arcade – relive the nostalgia of playing 1980s and 90s consoles and games in our pop-up retro arcade. Battle N64 favourites like Mario Kart and take on classics from NES, Megadrive, Super Street Fighter II, Duck Hunt and PacMan
  • Illustrated talk – Girls just wanna have fun – 1980s fashion and power dressing
  • Dolly Loves Dallas – Get your face drawn onto a 1980s paper fashion doll
  • A stitch in time – Create a simple accessory with recycled 1980s fabric. Choose from a scrunchie or bow tie.
  • Exist to resist – Journey through a photographic celebration of community protests, grass roots activism and rave culture
  • Illustrated talk – Docklands before the big money
  • Tarot reading – unlock your inner secrets
  • Craft learn cross stitch – featuring designs inspired by a mashup on 80s and 90s culture with a transport twist.
  • Craft – create tie-dye shoe laces
  • Craft – make a bold statement with neon-coloured wire
  • Documentary: Moving London – journey into 1980s transport history
  • Go Bonkers Bingo – play bingo like you’ve never experienced before
  • Urban Decay Make-up – bold 1980s eye or lip looks
  • Photo booth – take home retro-style prints from our Tuk Tuk photo booth
  • Special Neon Nights cocktail offer – 2 for £12
  • Makers Market – 1980s inspired gifts for you or a friend

The Poster Girls exhibition

Friday Late visitors can explore the Museum’s Poster Girls – a century of art and design exhibition which celebrates the often hidden contribution of female artists to the rise of the poster over the last one hundred years with over 130 original posters and artworks on display in the Exterion Media Gallery.

Poster Girls Talks

There is an opportunity to delve deeper into some of the themes of the Poster Girls exhibition during two illustrated talks taking place in October and November:

 Talk: Poster Girls – a curator’s perspective

Thursday 11 October 2018

19:00 to 20:30

One of the co-curators of Poster Girls discusses the challenges involved in presenting the exhibition.

Tickets: £12/£10

 Talk: Poster Girls – history under wraps

Thursday 8 November 2018

19:00 to 20:30

The golden age of 1920s and 30s poster design will be explored from the perspective of the fashion of the times.

Tickets: £12/£10

Friday Late: Power, play and politics, which is part of the Museums at Night festival, opens at 18:45 on 26 October and runs until 22:00 (with last admission at 21:15). Tickets cost £15 and concessions cost £12. To book tickets click here.

For advance booking information, call +44 (0)20 7565 7298 or visit their website.