Hidden under the main road outside the Crystal Palace is a marvel of Victorian engineering, and now a film has been made about the people who have used it.
Built for 1st class passengers taking the train to visit the Crystal Palace, before that edifice’s untimely demise in flames, the subway has spent most of its life unused and now increasingly derelict.
It did however have burst of activity, such as when it was used as an air raid shelter during WW2.
Filmmaker Sue Giovanni worked alongside local people on a year-long project to research the history and personal stories of this hidden space subsequently completing a new 50 minute documentary ‘What remains, the ruined subway at Crystal Palace’.
The film highlights the passion local people have for the subway and charts how their involvement has been integral to the history of the space.
There will be a screening of the film on Friday 26th August — which will be followed by a panel discussion led by local artist and filmmaker Sarah Turner whose films include ‘Public House’, a film about the Ivyhouse pub in Peckham Rye.
Tickets are free – and can be booked here
In related news, the Friends of the subway have raised enough money to reinstate a gate and safe access to the subway and the work is nearly complete. They don’t have a completion date yet but the new access will be used for Open House 2016.