A Crossrail exhibition and a new tunnelling gallery has opened at London Transport Museum to celebrate Year of Engineering 2018.
The Secret Life of a Megaproject exhibition explores the lesser-known stories about the Crossrail project with rare prototypes, never-before-seen construction footage in a 270° immersive cinema, interactive maps and stories from engineers who are building the Elizabeth line.
The Museum’s also has a new tunnelling gallery ‘Digging Deeper’ which explores the legacies of tunnelling pioneers from Marc Isambard Brunel to James Henry Greathead and how their principles are still relevant. The gallery features a giant audio-visual tunnel projection and a life-size recreation of the tunnelling shield that helped create the world’s first electric tube railway in 1890, overlaid with footage from the Elizabeth line and the latest Northern line extension tunnels.
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Crossrail chairman Terry Morgan said: “The Crossrail project is not only constructing the Elizabeth line, which will redefine travel in the capital, it is creating jobs, new homes, uncovering the city’s long forgotten history and introducing 10 major new works of public art. This fantastic exhibition brings these stories to life in a celebration of the impact a major infrastructure project can deliver.”
London Transport Museum director Sam Mullins added: “Our new galleries and exhibitions give a fascinating insight into the history of major infrastructure projects that most of us use every day but now take for granted.
“They will also help us to challenge our visitors’ perceptions of engineering, raise awareness of the skills and mindsets involved in becoming an engineer, and the wide variety of engineering related career options available.”
The exhibition runs until December 2018.