WHAT ARE FRIENDS?
We are a group of people interested in the preservation of all or specific forms of Land Transport. This encompasses diversities such as:-
Steam Driven Vehicles
Electric means of transport
Motorcycles and/or Bicycles
Public Transport Vehicles
Commercial and Industrial modes of Transport
In addition to this you will become an affiliated member of the Friends of Museum Africa and The Southern African Veteran and Vintage Association (SAVVA).
WHAT DO WE DO?
We assist the Curator of the Transport Museum where and when needed. This includes outings where we attempt to promote the museum to all communities, special events and activities held at the museum such as:-
International Museums’ Day & Heritage Day.
DJ Remembrance Run. (Held after the main DJ Run Motorcyle Rally. See DJ Run website Durban-Johannesburg Motorcycle Run)
London Bus Tours.
We also contribute directly to the preservation of our cultural and historical heritage.
WHEN DO WE MEET?
The Friends generally meet on the second Sunday of each month at the museum, unless other activities or events take place on the same day. Friends will be notified as to any of these activities either via e-mail or telephonically.
Additional meeting are arranged from time to time for outings/ socials of particular interest to the members.
It is also the intention of the Friends to run some of our vehicles on the second Sunday for the public.
WHERE DO OUR FUNDS GO?
All monies raised by the Friends are used specifically to benefit the museum on various projects, exhibits and/or maintenance of vehicles. The Curator also advises the committee on items that are offered to the museum for sale, these can become projects for fund raising should funding not be available.
HOW DO I JOIN?
Fill in this application form enclose the appropriate fee which is an annual cost and post it to:-
Friends - James Hall Museum of Transport
P. O. Box 80
YOU WILL MEET FRIENDS WITH SIMILAR INTERESTS AS YOURSELF.
See the Contact Us page for post and e-mail address details.
FRIENDS OF THE MUSEUM BUS TOURS
The Friends of the JHMT hold several bus tours during the year using a 1952 RT London Bus and most are pleasantly surprised that a bus this old can offer such a comfortable ride. The old London Transport bus's fleet number is RT2634 with the registration LYF 359.
FRIENDS OF THE JAMES HALL MUSEUM OF TRANSPORT
The tours are subject to sufficient numbers of passengers booking for the Tour but to avoid disappointment it is always best to book well in advance. It only takes a phone call to the Museum to book your seat. The tours start with everyone getting together at the Museum where tea or coffee is served before departure.
Some of the more popular Tours that we offer are detailed below.
Johannesburg mining history tour.
The early mining history of Johannesburg tour takes in areas such as Main Street and Simmonds Street in Johannesburg. Some of our passengers have lived in Johannesburg all of their lives, yet are not aware of the rich history of the city. They are also pleasantly surprised at the on-going upgrading that continues throughout the city.
The Soweto Tour.
Passengers receive a word of welcome and a talk on what to expect on the Tour.
This includes a visit to the Hector Pieterson Memorial. A stop in Vilikasie Street for refreshments then on to Regina Mundi Church which houses the black Madonna. Then on to Oppenheimer’s Tower. We then pass Baragwanath Hospital and Gold Reef City on our return to the Museum.
Simmonds Street Johannesburg
Ferreira Gold Mine Shaft
Hector Pieterson Memorial
Generally for our passengers a visit to Soweto is a first and is done out of curiosity. It is an experience they never forget. They talk about how friendly the residents of Soweto are and how clean the streets are. Not to mention the attraction of the big red bus that is loved by all, young and old. Even the taxi drivers hoot and wave.
Regina Mundi Church
For the energetic a climb to the Top of Oppenheimer Tower is a must
The James Hall Museum of Transport
Johannesburg, South Africa
Entrance to the Museum is FREE!