In 2013 London Underground, the world's first underground railway, marks its 150th anniversary.
This lavishly illustrated book containing a cast of characters encompassing entrepreneurs, architects, politicians and passengers, tells the story of the Tube. David Bownes, Oliver Green and Sam Mullins draw on previously unused sources and images to produce a new history that celebrates the crucial role of the Underground in the creation and everyday life of modern London.
Blending social history with the story of the pioneering engineers, designers and social reformers who created the system, Underground reflects on the problems of keeping a fast growing city on the move. From providing access to the business heart of the Victorian City of London to the leisure delights of the Edwardian West End, through the growth of the suburbs and the vital role of the Underground as shelter during the Blitz, the story continues through urban regeneration to the challenge of upgrading the original network to meet the needs of the twenty-first century. Looking at its impact on the city itself, the authors also consider how the London Underground led the way in the world metro systems; what made the 1920s and 30s such as an incredibly inventive era for design, and why paying for the Tube has always been a challenge.
Authors: David Bownes, Oliver Green, Sam Mullins
Publisher: Penguin Books
About the authors
David Bownes was Head Curator at the London Transport Museum from 2009 until 2012 and is now Assistant Director (collections) at the National Army Museum, London. David has published on the history of the Metropolitan Railway and London Transport posters.
Oliver Green is Research Fellow at the London Transport Museum, having been the museum's first Curator between 1979 and 1989 and later returning as Head Curator from 2001 to 2009. Oliver has published extensively on transport art, design, and history.
Sam Mullins has been Director of the London Transport Museum since 1994, years which have confirmed his passion for this remarkable city and its transport.