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Under Ground London
April 26 - December 4Free
Exhibition at the London Metropolitan Archives
From lost rivers to underground railways, deep shelters to sewers, the sprawling network of tunnels and spaces under London are a subject of fascination and fear. They support our life on the surface, keeping us moving and providing essential services, and yet we know comparatively little about the extent or depth of the city that lies beneath us.
Under Ground London at the London Metropolitan Archives looks at our relationship with the subterranean capital, exploring hundreds of years of documents, images and plans to tell the story of the underground city, as well as some of the enduring legends that have risen from the darkness down below.
Celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of one of London’s less celebrated heroes, Sir Joseph Bazalgette, the exhibition uncovers the system of sewers he designed to save London from the Great Stink. It explores the first tunnel under the Thames, the development of the first ‘underground’ railway and the first tube line, which might not be quite what you expect.
Under Ground London is free to visit during the usual opening hours:
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 9.30am – 4.45pm
Wednesday 9.30am – 7.30pm
Friday, Saturday and Sunday – closed
Further information on the London Metropolitan Archives website
Metropolitan Archives events
The London Metropolitan Archives are home to an extraordinary range of documents, images, maps, film and books about London. They run a wide selection of talks, guided tours, film screenings, exhibitions and other events, and you can find out more about these as well as the latest updates from the archives on the Metropolian Archives website
The facilities are free to use and open to everyone. Whether you’re tracing your family history or researching the history of your neighbourhood, if you’re interested in London or Londoners, LMA is the place to visit.
The London Metropolitan Archives are at 40 Northampton Road, London EC1R 0HB.
Until 4th December 2019