London celebrates 150 years of the Underground with poster exhibition


As part of the year-long celebrations commemorating 150 years of our beloved London underground, the London Transport Museum is hosting an exhibition showcasing 150 of the most iconic posters since the transport system's inauguration.

Comprising work by both famous personalities, such as Edward McKnight Kauffer, Paul Nash and Man Ray, as well as art by some lesser-known artists, the collection was put together from over 3,300 pieces stored in the museum's archive by a panel of experts.

The last Underground poster retrospective was held back in 1963, making this occasion all the more special, as London takes a look all the way back to its first graphic poster commission in 1908.

According to the venue's website, the exhibition has been based around six separate themes. These include 'Finding your way', 'Brightest London' (celebrating nights out and sporting events), 'Capital culture', 'Away from it all' (looking at how the Tube has encouraged people to explore the suburbs and escape city life), 'Keeps London going' (focusing on technological aspects of the Underground) and 'Love your city'.

Other events comprising the celebrations include steam runs of the ex-Metropolitan railway steam locomotive no.1 and Metropolitan railway jubilee carriage no.353, behind-the-scenes events and open weekends at the museum’s depot at Acton in west London and theatrical events at the disused Aldwych Underground station.

An official book is also being launched – Underground: How the Tube Shaped London – to commemorate the occasion.

With so much planned, anybody staying in central London hotels can be sure to find something going on near them so they can take part in this fantastic event.

Entry to this particular exhibition – due to run until October 27th – is included in the general admission price to the museum, meaning that visitors will be able to take in all of the other fantastic displays and installations at the venue while they are there.