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TfL releases WW2 archive online
TfL releases WW2 archive online

The actions of London’s transport during WW2 are being highlighted by TfL’s corporate archives for the next few months.

The myth that Hitler wanted Senate House as a Nazi headquarters
The myth that Hitler wanted Senate House as a Nazi headquarters

One of the more curious stories that regularly crops up about the University of London’s Senate House is that it was saved from being bombed by Hitler who wanted to use it as a new headquarters for his Nazi government in the UK.

Photos of London’s docks during WW2
Photos of London’s docks during WW2

On the eve of the 75th anniversary of VE Day, the Museum of London Docklands has released some photos from its archive that show the devastating impact of WW2 on the area.

The Woolwich WW2 pillbox
The Woolwich WW2 pillbox

If you walk along the riverside near Woolwich, you might spy a concrete box covered in graffiti — it’s a relic from WW2.

There’s a Spitfire fighter plane inside London Bridge station
There’s a Spitfire fighter plane inside London Bridge station

If you catch a train from London Bridge, then look out for a Spitfire fighter plane sitting in the middle of the main concourse.

London Transport Museum secures funding for war gallery
London Transport Museum secures funding for war gallery

London Transport Museum has secured funding to develop a new gallery that will explore the role of London’s transport during the First and Second World Wars.

WW2 bomb map and a Lord Mayor’s response to the Armistice
WW2 bomb map and a Lord Mayor’s response to the Armistice

One of the many maps of bomb damaged London has gone on show in the City of London’s heritage gallery, alongside a declaration about the end of WW1.

The London Underground tube map made in a WW2 prisoner of war camp
The London Underground tube map made in a WW2 prisoner of war camp

A photograph of a London Underground tube map made in a WW2 prisoner of war camp has emerged from a collection taken by a British inmate in the prison camp.

The Crockett’s Leathercloth Works War Memorial
The Crockett’s Leathercloth Works War Memorial

A majestic lion lays bestride a war memorial in a post-war housing estate, a memory of those who worked nearby and died far away.

Go inside the ruined St George’s Garrison Church in Woolwich
Go inside the ruined St George’s Garrison Church in Woolwich

The ruined remains of a military church is on the verge of reopening part of the building following restoration work.

The block of flats named after a war hero
The block of flats named after a war hero

If you pass a rather nondescript block of flats in Richmond, you might be surprised to see a poppy wreath hanging on the wall.

When a WW2 tunnel full of salads meets modern art
When a WW2 tunnel full of salads meets modern art

What happens when an abandoned WW2 under Clapham is used to grow salads, and then gives over some of the space to modern art?

Disused WW2 tunnels used as “Windrush hotel” opens for tours
Disused WW2 tunnels used as “Windrush hotel” opens for tours

A series of WW2 tunnels under Clapham that were later used as a short term hotel for Windrush arrivals are being opened up for tours.

London Public Art: SOE Memorial
London Public Art: SOE Memorial

A stone plinth with the striking bust of a young lady staring impassively across the Thames towards Parliament, this is the memorial to those who died in secret operations during WW2.

Tickets Alert – Tours of Churchill’s abandoned WW2 bunker
Tickets Alert – Tours of Churchill’s abandoned WW2 bunker

Deep under a housing estate in North London lies one of WW2’s greatest secrets, the reserve Cabinet War Rooms that lay hidden and waiting, just in case the (now) more famous Westminster bunkers were destroyed.

75th anniversary of the Catford school bomb
75th anniversary of the Catford school bomb

At lunchtime today, it will be 75 years to the moment when a German bomb was dropped on a South London school, killing 38 children and 6 adults.

Perspectives of Destruction: London during WW2
Perspectives of Destruction: London during WW2

The London Blitz beginning in 1940 has been described as the second Great Fire of London and large swathes of the city were destroyed.

WW2 film shows London commuters during the Blitz
WW2 film shows London commuters during the Blitz

How did London’s commuters get to work during the blitz? A propaganda film from 1941 says, blitz? What blitz? Everything’s normal down here.

The Mansion, The Military, The Museum – Bentley Priory
The Mansion, The Military, The Museum – Bentley Priory

Through a locked gate, down a road past more locked gates, and here on the edges of London is a grand building which played a very secretive role during WW2.

The WW2 fortification in a Nth London park
The WW2 fortification in a Nth London park

If you were talking a wander through a nature reserve in North London one day, you might notice a rather shabby looking concrete hut peeking out of the bushes.

Ticket Alert: Date announced for a rare tour of a WW2 Bunker
Ticket Alert: Date announced for a rare tour of a WW2 Bunker

Deep under a housing estate in North London lies one of World War Two’s greatest secrets, the reserve Cabinet War Rooms that lay hidden and waiting just in case the (now) more famous Westminster bunkers were attacked.

WW2 Bunker Under Clapham to Open for Regular Tours
WW2 Bunker Under Clapham to Open for Regular Tours

Transport for London has secured planning permission to open up one of the WW2 bunkers dug deep under London for regular tours.

Unbuilt London: A balloon barrage surrounding the city
Unbuilt London: A balloon barrage surrounding the city

In 1938, as ideas were being made for the defence of London, plans were shown off to surround London with a massive “aerial mine-field” made from over a thousand deadly balloons.

Air raid siren to sound over London
Air raid siren to sound over London

Just after Christmas, the distinctive wail of an air-raid siren will once again echo out across the City of London.