If you watched, and enjoyed a BBC television series The Seven Industrial Wonders of the World, then one was curiously missing — the London Underground.
Possibly because it’s a collection of wonders rather than a single achievement, but it was still a shocking oversight — that has sort of been rectified.
The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) have made their own short film about the engineering of the London Underground, and it undeniably borrows the same upbeat, heroic achievement style of presentation that made the 7 Wonders TV series so enjoyable to watch.
The film, produced in collaboration with the London Transport Museum and Transport for London, highlights the important role that civil engineers played in delivering the world’s first underground transport network.
As the video says, the tube, copied across the world remains something that is “emphatically ours” — something that seems to almost define London, and Londoners.
So settle down with a cup of your favourite hot beverage, some biscuits, and spend 12 minutes in sublime delight as you wisk though 150 years of the Underground.
Narrated by Eddie Butler, the film features photographs and footage from the Institution of Civil Engineers, British Film Institute, Crossrail, National Media Museum and TfL collections. These images were brought to life by filmmakers Wind & Foster.