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Celebrating Britains Transport Textile – Symposium

Tuesday November 28, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm

| Free

Symposium organised by London Transport Museum


What is moquette? Unobtrusive but effective, we take it for granted, yet it’s literally woven into the fabric of our daily lives. It is the durable, woollen seating material used on the Underground, buses and trams.

Derived from the French word for carpet, moquette is produced on looms that create intricate patterns, using the Jacquard weaving technique. Moquette was first applied to public transport seating in London in the 1920s and the designs were produced by the manufacturers. With the creation of London Transport in the 1930s, prominent designers such as Enid Marx, Marion Dorn and Paul Nash were specially commissioned to create stylish, contemporary patterns for the Capital’s transport system. For nearly a century moquette has proved resilient and adaptable and has not only come to represent transport but has also become an icon of London itself.

Please join us for a FREE half day symposium to celebrate the Heritage Lottery Funded moquette project Celebrating Britain’s Transport Textiles at London Transport Museum. Our prominent speakers will look at the history of vehicle interior design and the commissioning, designing and manufacturing of moquette today.

Tickets include light refreshments (excluding lunch) and admission to the Museum, and are strictly limited in number.


The Inspiration behind their moquette designs: Emma Sewell and Harriet Wallace-Jones (Directors) from the design company Wallace Sewell

Commissioning and designing moquette: Paul Marchant (Head of Product Design) and Fernando Solis (Product and Industrial Designer) from Transport for London

Designing, dyeing, weaving and finishing moquette: Ciara Crossan (Transport Design Manager) from Camira Fabrics

Vehicle design and the designed environment: Oliver Green (author and transport historian)

Significance of this iconic fabric and its place on London’s transport network throughout history: Georgia Morley (Project Curator- moquette) from London Transport Museum

More details on the content of papers to come soon.


1:00 – 1:30 Registration

1:30 – 3:00 Welcome and session 1

3:00 – 3:30 Break, tea and coffee

3:30 – 5:00 Session 2

5:00 – 6:00 Reception with refreshments in Cubic Foyer and an opportunity to visit London Transport Museum

Tickets for this free event can be booked by following the Eventbrite link below:



Tuesday November 28, 2017
1:00 pm - 6:00 pm


London Transport Museum
London Transport Museum
London, WC2E 7BB United Kingdom
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