What you always wanted to know about the East London Line
A NEW exhibition has opened about the history of the London Overground and its affect on life in the communities it serves. The exhibition at the London Transport Museum combines video and pictures with archives
By Biz Carson
A NEW exhibition has opened about the history of the London Overground and its affect on life in the communities it serves, past and present.
The exhibition is made up of three galleries at the London Transport Museum combining video and pictures from eight community collectors’ with archives from the museum.
The community collectors worked for a year on finding the best representations of the effects of the newly-extended line.
“We’re looking at how transport can change identity of the community and its people,” said Jane Findlay, community curator. “It’s not just a museum telling you how it was. It’s its residents showing you.”
Jane’s favourite piece is made up of 100 photographs of people in each area. It started with a portable photo machine in a street market before being transported to Brick Lane and then across East London from there.
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“It’s nice to see the people who live in the boroughs now, against the museum’s old photographs from the past,” Jane added.
The juxtaposition of the present and past continues into a gallery dedicated to Brunel’s world famous Thames Tunnel.
The gallery is designed like a Victorian peep show’ when the tunnel first opened in 1843.
The new exhibition runs until next March at the London Transport Museum in Covent Garden.