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12 June 2018Underground Cathedrals: the architecture of the London Underground above and below street level

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Underground Cathedrals: the architecture of the London Underground above and below street level Ian Swankie Tuesday 12 June 2018

The worlds first underground railway has a wonderful heritage of architecture, ingenious design, powerful advertising posters and unique calligraphy. In this talk we plot the early development of the Underground, examine the legacy of Frank Pick and Charles Holden, look at some of the iconic posters, and celebrate the award winning architecture of the modern Tube in the Jubilee Line Extension. Well also take a peek at some of the forthcoming Elizabeth Line (Crossrail) stations, designed by some of the worlds top architects.

Ian Swankie -  Londoner with a passion for art and architecture. He is an official guide at Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Guildhall Art Gallery and St Pauls Cathedral.  Also a qualified and active freelance London guide and a member of both the City of London and Westminster Guide Lecturer Associations. Clients include NADFAS and WEA groups, Transport for London, the National Trust and London Open House. In 2012 he established a weekly independent art lecture group in Richmond and gives talks on a variety of subjects.