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150 faces of the Tube
The Tube plays a big part in the lives of Londoners, connecting people and places across the capital. 150 Londoners share their stories in the Evening Standard with examples of the positive impact the Tube has had on their lives.
150 faces: Martin Owers
"Growing up the Isle of Dogs in the 1960's, the good memories were of rare trips into London. I can still remember the first time I was led into a Tube station. I recall a trip to the Science Museum, and to the original Hamley's. More than anything else, I remember the trains that took me to see them."
Making the Tube more accessible
The Tube played a huge part in making the London 2012 Games the most accessible ever. Find out how this has led to significant improvements to Tube accessibility.
Lots of people have travelled the length of the Tube, but only one has had his photo taken at each of its 270 stops.
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Tube maps by Lego
To mark the London Underground's 150th anniversary celebration LEGO created five Tube maps with LEGO bricks, which will be displayed in major London Underground stations throughout summer 2013. The five LEGO Tube maps show how the network has evolved over the years, starting from 1927 through to the proposed future network in 2020. These LEGO maps are displayed in ticket halls of major London Underground stations:
- 1927 South Kensington
- 1933 Piccadilly Circus (Harry Beck's original map)
- 1968 Green Park
- 2013 Stratford
- 2020 King's Cross (including Crossrail, the proposed Croxley Rail Link and the proposed Northern Line Extension)
LEGO Tube map - the vital statistics
- Each map is made up of over 1000 LEGO bricks
- The LEGO Tube maps measure 140cm x 100cm
- Each map took four days to build
- Created by Duncan Titmarsh, the UK's only Certified LEGO Professional - there are only 13 in the world!
Art on the Underground
Art on the Underground's programme in 2013 includes a major commission by artist Mark Wallinger, whose project Labyrinth brings a new artwork to each of the 270 stations on the Underground.
Labyrinth is accompanied by an exciting range of opportunities to engage further with this epic set of art works. There are public events including Tube tours and talks, alongside the Labyrinth Schools Poster Competition, an artist-led project with young people to create new artwork at three stations, and opportunities to share your Tube journeys and experiences of encountering the Labyrinth artworks on your travels.
There is also 15 for 150 - 15 leading contemporary artists have each been commissioned by Art on the Underground to create an image as a lasting visual legacy of the anniversary. These works will be available as limited edition prints and posters. You can see all the artworks on the 15 for 150 Facebook gallery. Other activities include screenings of Tube-themed films from the BFI archive at Canary Wharf station and two new Tube map cover commissions.
Labyrinth is supported using public funding by Arts Council England, with additional support from JCDecaux. 15 for 150 is supported by Links Signs Vitreous Enamellers.
The London Transport Museum
London Underground, in partnership with London Transport Museum, is celebrating with a range of events and activities throughout 2013. The events will explore the Tube's history and the role it will play in the future, in the lives of Londoners as well as the economy of the City and the UK.
Anniversary gifts and souvenirs on sale
An exclusive collection of gifts and souvenirs inspired by imagery of the London Underground logos and poster archive has been launched to commemorate the anniversary. The collection includes Underground Line cufflinks, Blueprint ceramics, limited edition linocut prints and posters and Metropolitan glassware. These can all be purchased online in the London Transport Museum shop.
With thanks to our sponsors Cubic Transportation Systems, Siemens, CBS Outdoor, Canary Wharf Group, Costain and Invensys and Virgin Media.