The Art of the Underground: 150 Years of Re-designing London

This event has finished Took place on: Wednesday, 9th Jan 2013

The London Underground today is one of the world’s largest and busiest urban metros. Exactly 150 years ago, on 9 January 1863, when the inaugural train left Paddington for Farringdon with invited guests, the Metropolitan Railway was hailed as an amazing pioneer. A public service began on the following day and the Daily News announced dramatically that ‘for the first time in the history of the world, men can ride in pleasant carriages, and with considerable comfort, lower down than gas pipes and water pipes…lower than the graveyards’.

The Victorian steam underground, less than four miles long with just six stations, has developed into a modern electric system covering more than 250 route miles and serving 270 stations. Last year there were over one billion passenger journeys on the Tube, more than the total for the entire UK national rail network, and the numbers keep growing. Londoners have always grumbled about it, but they could not do without it. The Underground keeps London going.

This talk will look at how this has happened and why the Underground is now the city’s greatest asset, underpinning everything else. Our Tube has shaped the capital and its development over 150 years, and rail transport will be the key to London’s future.

Cost: Free


Contact and Booking Details

More information at this website.

No need to book tickets - just turn up on the day.

See more events on the same day or today or this month


Location

Museum of London,
London Wall,
London, EC2Y 5HN

Other Events at the Same Venue

 

Categories: Historical | Transport - Railways

Local events coming soon
All DayThe Social History and Cultural Significance of the London Bus
B A one day conference about the red bus, their social history, economic impact and cultural significance.
(Cost: £40)
All DayLondon Thinks: Leaving Hate Behind
B A talk by Nate Phelps, formerly of the Westboro Baptist Church.
(Cost: £15)
9:30 AMEmergency! London 1914
F An exhibition looking at changes to the city and the lives of Londoners as the country went to war.
(Cost: Free)
11:00 AMSociety of Genealogists Open Day
F B Library Tours, Lectures & Advice on how to start your family history research.
(Cost: Free)
12:30 PM Roy Hamilton: My life as a compositor
Roy Hamilton will narrate his experiences of working in this dying trade, and talk about typefaces, typesetting and page production.
(Cost: £1)
12:30 PMFit to Serve
F Health and Medicine on the Home Front in the Great War.
(Cost: Free)
1:00 PMThe London Pearly Kings & Queens Society Costermongers Harvest Festival Parade Service
F Annual display and festival of the Pearly Monarchs in the Guildhall courtyard.
(Cost: Free to watch)
2:00 PMMonthly guided tour of Lincoln Inn
Hour long tour of the legal Inns of Court includes visits to the Old Hall, Great Hall and Chapel,
(Cost: £5)
2:00 PMLondon’s River
F B A talk about the history of the River Thames
(Cost: Free)
2:00 PMPolicing the River Thames
F B Rob Jeffries, retired Police Officer and Curator of the Thames River Police Museum, will speak about the history of the service.
(Cost: Free)
3:00 PMBarbican Architecture Tours
B Through this walking tour of the external high walks and inside the Barbican Centre itself, we will reveal the history of the site.
(Cost: £10.50)
 

Sign up for a free weekly guide to what's on in London

Sample Issue