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How do you get into the mind of a child for your writing? Contact KnowHow is back with editor Eleanor Pender, exploring methods, approaches, museums and arts centres across the UK to help with just that.

As writers for young people, we are always looking for ways into a child’s world. How do they think? What are they considering as the worst and best part of their day?

A friend took a recent trip to the London Transport Museum with her young nephew. She knew he enjoyed taking the Tube, but she had not realised how much he would love the museum! Surrounded by huge buses and trains, from old red double-deckers to vintage trams, they were there for hours. It has now been designated a regular place to visit!

Children remind us to take time for the things we enjoy and to allow ourselves to enjoy them. If you're looking to explore a child's world, visit these helpful organisations across the UK – all with a transport theme. All aboard!

London Transport Museum, London
Covent Garden Piazza, London WC2E 7BB

It had to kick off the list. Something we all use, some of us every day, the London Transport Museum is packed full of buses, trams and trains, and tracks the growth of the sprawling London transport network over the years and decades.

National Railway Museum, York
Leeman Road, York YO26 4XJ

One for fans of Thomas the Tank Engine! The National Railway Museum in York is an ode to all things automotive. Iconic locomotives from over the years, the museum is home to an unrivalled collection that celebrates the innovation of the railway. 

Science and Industry Museum, Air and Space Hall, Manchester
Liverpool Road, Manchester M3 4FP

Head to Manchester to take to the skies! The Air and Space Hall is home to an aeroplane collection – some objects on display can be seen on their website – while new technologies invite you to experience a space descent through VR, or a day in a Red Arrow with a flight simulator. Recommended for ages 5 and older.

  * Main image by Tomas Anton Escobar


Based in Bristol, Eleanor lectures in digital communications and chairs YA and middle grade events at festivals including Bath Children's Literature Festival, Edinburgh International Book Festival, and YALC. She is currently working on a young adult fantasy novel.


Do you have any helpful organisations or centres dedicated to children in your area? Tell KnowHow! Email our KnowHow editor, Eleanor at

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