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Going Underground: Travel Beneath the Metropolis 1863-2013 - A Conference to Mark the 150th Anniversary of the London Underground

January 17, 2013 - January 18, 2013
Institute of Historical Research, University of London

Senate House
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HU
United Kingdom

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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.


Two-day attendance (includes lunch and refreshments on both days and wine reception on 18 January but NOT the Conference Reception on 17 January): Early Bird rate until 30 November £70/students, unwaged £50;  from 1 December £75/ students, unwaged £55.

Single-day attendance (includes lunch and refreshments and, if booking for 18 January a wine reception, but NOT the Conference Reception on 17 January): £40/ students, unwaged £30.

Conference Reception at the London Transport Museum 17 January: £20 (no concessions)


Carlos Lopez Galviz, Sam Merrill, Centre for Metropolitan History


Olwen Myhill,

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January 16, 2013, 5:00pm BST

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