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We run a range of talks throughout the year from our curators, guest speakers and transport experts.

Our temporary exhibitions are accompanied by a series of talks exploring subjects ranging from art and design, to architecture, transport, and city living. Enjoy an after-work drink in Canteen before settling down in our Cubic Theatre at Covent Garden for an inspiring and thought-provoking evening.

You can also enjoy talks from a range of speakers at our Museum Depot Open Weekends and Museum Lates.


MacDonald Gill: Charting a Life

Date: Thursday 18 June 2020

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MacDonald 'Max' Gill (1884-1947) was an architect, letterer, mural painter and graphic artist of the first half of the 20th century, best known for his pioneering pictorial poster maps including the whimsical Wonderground Map of London Town.

He enjoyed close links with many leading figures in the arts & crafts world including two key figures for the London Underground, calligrapher Edward Johnston and commissioner Frank Pick, and his controversial brother - the sculptor and typographer Eric Gill. With much of his four-decade output touching on the remarkable events and developments of his time including two world wars, the decline of Empire, the advent of flight, and innovations in communications technology, his work also takes on a unique historical importance.

Join us for the launch event of MacDonald Gill’s biography; the first publication to tell the story of this complex and talented man.

charting a life book coverAbout the Author

Caroline Walker is the great niece of MacDonald Gill, and has been researching his life and work since 2006. Co-curator of several exhibitions dedicated to her great-uncle including Out of the Shadows: MacDonald Gill at the University of Brighton in 2011 and Max Gill: Wonderground Man at the Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft in 2019, she now spends much of her time researching, writing articles, giving lectures and running the artist's website. Caroline is also an accredited lecturer for The Arts Society.

Copies of MacDonald Gill: Charting a Life will be available to buy at London Transport Museum and the author will be signing copies after her talk.

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