Traces - Heritage highlights of international public transport

BKV’s new exhibition focuses on upholding the values of public transport

What kind of menu could be ordered on an English train of the 1990’s? Or how the first tram in Berlin, or an Austrian and a Russian service cap looked like? Among other things, one can get answers to these questions at BKV Zrt.’s newest periodical exhibition, evoked as a result of international cooperation involving 12 countries, open from 23 June at the Millennium Underground Museum in Budapest. The unique exhibition, bearing the title ’Traces’, represents the historical values of several major European public transport companies. Moreover, visitors gain an insight into the past and present of the public transport in Australia and Brazil.

Vehicles of public transport belong inherently to the image of a city, the typical vehicle types, colours and shapes compose the appearance of a city. Nowadays several public transport companies – BKV Zrt. among others – strive to take heed of the preservation and presentation of its former vehicles, technical and historical valuables. The majority of these are displayed at the exhibitions of corporate or urban collections. In order to enjoy such a range of exhibits, however, at this time, one does not need to depart from the capital city, as BKV Zrt., being an active participant of the Night of Museums this year as well, opens its newest periodical exhibition, providing an insight to the public into the technical and historical heritage of the world’s public transport companies, one day before the aforementioned event series, on 23 June.

The exhibition ’Traces’ does not aim to compete with the major museums of the world, nevertheless, it is closely linked to the key theme of the Night of Museums, to upholding values, having the primary objective to present the professional legacy and traditions of public transport in Hungary and abroad and to safeguard its values. 16 institutions of 11 countries accepted BKV Zrt.’s invitation to participate in creating the exhibition, which provides highlights of the early steps and the development of public transport. At the Millennium Underground Museum, visitors can see the relics sent by the public transport companies of the participating cities (Bergamo, Berlin, Brussels, Madrid, Manchester, Moscow, Plzeň, Prague, Salzburg, São Paulo, Southampton, Stockholm, Sydney, Vienna, and, of course, Budapest) and further photos, text materials and video records can be watched at the information desk and on the screens placed at the museum.

The international exhibition is scheduled until 31 October and is featured in two languages, accordingly, guests can become acquainted with its contents both in Hungarian and in English, however, as a curiosity, on the information desk, in certain cases, the source materials will also be simultaneously available in their original language.



Countries, cities and institutions taking part in the exhibition:

Australia, Sydney, Sydney Trains
Austria, Vienna, Wiener Linien
Austria, Salzburg, Salzburg AG für Energie, Verkehr und Telekommunikation
Belgium, Brussels, Brussels Transport Museum
Brasil, São Paulo, Estrada de Ferro Campos do Jordão
/ Empresa Metropolitana de Transportes Urbanos de São Paulo (EMTU
Czech Republic, Plzeň, Plzeňské městské dopravní podniky, a.s.
Czech Republic, Prague, Dopravní podnik hl. m. Prahy
United Kingdom, Manchester, Museum of Transport, Greater Manchester
United Kingdom, Southampton, British Rail/Robin Woods private collection
Germany, Berlin, BVG
Italy, Bergamo, ATB Mobilità S.p.A.
Russia, Moscow, Mosgortrans
Russia, Moskovsky Metropoliten
Spain, Madrid, EMT Madrid
Sweden, Stockholm, Spårvägsmuseet