Seen and unseen - Traffic signals

26 June 2024
  • RED means ‘Stop’. Wait behind the stop line on the carriageway
  • RED AND AMBER also means ‘Stop’. Do not pass through or start until GREEN shows
  • GREEN means you may go on if the way is clear. Take special care if you intend to turn left or right and give way to pedestrians who are crossing
  • AMBER means ‘Stop’ at the stop line. You may go on only if the AMBER appears after you have crossed the stop line or are so close to it that to pull up might cause an accident

As part of our Seen and unseen exhibition we have a set of traffic lights in the traffic signals case.  Most visitors who I have spoken to about them are astonished by the size.  We normally see them towering over our heads and therefore from a distance.  As drivers we plead for them to stay green so we don’t have to stop, as pedestrians we wish for them to turn red so that we can cross the road, but we don’t really consider them up close.  That is until you have to photograph them or pop them into a display case that will only just accommodate them.

Pop into the museum to take a closer look.

Find out more about how we acquired the traffic lights for our exhibition: www.modip.ac.uk/blog/2022/09/traffic-lights-david-mellor-1965

Louise Dennis, Curator of MoDiP