Talk: The Underground Pioneers

 
 

THIS EVENT ENDED ON THE 21ST JANUARY 2013

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21st January 2013
 
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Mon 6.30pm-8pm
 
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David Bownes, Head Curator at the London Transport Museum from 2009 until 2012, opens a series of three talks at the museum's Cubic Theatre held to mark the 150th anniversary of the London Underground. In his talk, The Underground Pioneers, he starts at the very beginning, on Saturday 10th January 1863 when 30,000 people took the underground train - the very first in the world - from Paddington and Farringdon. Sending a steam train underground had inevitable problems - all that smoke and little ventilation - but, undeterred, the underground soon became an essential feature of London life. This talk is one of three to be held between January and March, by all three authors of 'Underground - How the Tube shaped London', a special 150th anniversary book.

 

About London Transport Museum

After a two-year, £22 million refurbishment the London Transport Museum reopened on 22 November 2007 revealing more exhibition space than before. The museum travels back through the 200-year history of public transport, arranged according to several themes: London Transport's famous design heritage, the poster collection, public transport during both World Wars and plans for the capital's development in the twenty-first century. More about London Transport Museum

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Covent Garden Tube Station
 
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Charing Cross Railway Station
 
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City Thameslink Station
 
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Drury Lane NCP
 
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London Transport Museum events

 
Goodbye PiccadillyGoodbye PiccadillyGoodbye PiccadillyFollow the London buses driven to the front during World War I, find out how women made up the transport workforce back home for the first time and how Londoners came under attack from the air as war came to the capital in Goodbye Piccadilly. This major exhibition at the London Transport Museum explores the contribution of London's buses, their dri27th December 2014Sunday 8th March 2015 Where:
London Transport Museum, 39  Wellington Street      WC2E 7BB
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Ongoing
Goodbye Piccadilly
event > Tours
DATES  16th May 2014 to 8th March 2015
VENUE  London Transport Museum 
Follow the London buses driven to the front during World War I, find out how women made up the transport workforce back home for the first time and how Londoners came under attack from the air as war came to the capital in Goodbye Piccadilly. This major exhibition at the London Transport Museum explores the contribution of London's buses, their dri... More about this event
 
Goodbye Piccadilly - From Home Front To Western FrontGoodbye Piccadilly - From Home Front To Western FrontA major exhibition featuring posters for recruitment and propaganda, a woman bus conductor's uniform, a B-type bus from 1911, and other objects, revealing the untold story of the capital's Home Front during the first world war.27th December 2014Sunday 8th March 2015 Where:
London Transport Museum, 39  Wellington Street      WC2E 7BB
Category: event
Ongoing
Goodbye Piccadilly - From Home Front To Western Front
event > Exhibitions > Art exhibitions - Installation
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VENUE  London Transport Museum 
A major exhibition featuring posters for recruitment and propaganda, a woman bus conductor's uniform, a B-type bus from 1911, and other objects, revealing the untold story of the capital's Home Front during the first world war.
Festive Family FunFestive Family FunStorytelling sessions and craft workshops.29th December 2014Friday 2nd January 2015 Where:
London Transport Museum, 39  Wellington Street      WC2E 7BB
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Festive Family Fun
event > Exhibitions > Art exhibitions - Art Workshop
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VENUE  London Transport Museum 
Storytelling sessions and craft workshops.
Aldwych Disused Underground Station ToursAldwych Disused Underground Station ToursA guided tour of the station which closed in 1994.22nd January 2015Sunday 15th February 2015 Where:
London Transport Museum, 39  Wellington Street      WC2E 7BB
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event > Exhibitions > Lifestyle - Literary Events & Book Signings
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London Transport Museum, 39  Wellington Street      WC2E 7BB
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Farewell Leicester Square
event > Kids Events
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