History events at the IHR

Going Underground: travel beneath the metropolis 1863-2013

17 January 2013, 09:30 - 18 January 2013 18:00

Event Type: Conference / Symposium

Description:

10 January 2013 will mark the 150th Anniversary of the public opening of the Metropolitan Railway in London. It was the world’s first urban rapid transport system to run partly in subterranean sections. As the precursor of today’s London Underground, it was not only a pioneer of technological and engineering advances, but also instigated new spatial, political, cultural and social realms that are now considered to be synonymous with London and modern urban experiences across the globe.

The Centre for Metropolitan History, Institute of Historical Research, is marking the anniversary by organising a two-day conference dedicated to the history and use of the London Underground.

Taking the construction and opening of the Metropolitan Railway as a departure point, this conference seeks to explore the past, present and future of the London Underground from a variety of perspectives that investigate its histories, geographies, cultures, politics and social characteristics.

Venue: The Chancellor's Hall (Senate House, first floor)

Senate House
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HU 

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