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Talks

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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.


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Re-imagining Holden’s Sudbury Town: Lucy McKenzie & Fiona Orsini in conversation

Date: Thursday 16 April 2020

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This April, artist Lucy McKenzie takes on her most ambitious public commission to date – taking over the iconic Modernist station Sudbury Town as part of Art on the Underground’s 2020 programme.

Fascinated by the onset of train travel and its contribution to modernity, McKenzie references TfL’s historic archive material of the inter-war period, looking in particular at the role that advertising has played in reflecting the issues of the time.

Lucy will be joined by Fiona Orsini, Curator of RIBA Drawings & Archives Collections, in this special evening event to discuss how her Art on the Underground commission interacts with Sudbury Town station, designed by Charles Holden in 1931, and its unique heritage, architecture and design and the local history that surrounds it.

About the panellists

lucy mckenzieLucy McKenzie (born Glasgow 1977, lives Brussels) is a visual artist whose installations explore the interplay between painting, style and value.

She has exhibited her work around the world, including solo shows at Tate Britain, London in 2003, MoMA, New York in 2008, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam in 2013 and Fondazione Bevilacqua la Masa, Venice in 2017, and, together with designer Beca Lipscombe, produced fashion collections under the name Atelier E.B. Their most ambitious exhibition, Atelier E.B: Passer-by, was staged at Serpentine, London in 2018, Lafayette Anticipations, Paris in 2019 and will be presented at Garage, Moscow in 2020.

Photo: Robbie Smith

fiona orsiniFiona Orsini is Curator at the RIBA Drawings & Archives Collections, based at the V&A. She has worked for the Royal Institute of British Architects since April 2006 and has curated a number of exhibitions at the V&A including Underground Journeys: Charles Holden’s designs for London Transport, Mind Over Matter: Contemporary British Engineering (with V&A colleagues Olivia Horsfall Turner & Anna White) and most recently Into the Blue: the origins and revival of pools, swimming baths and lidos (co-curated with RIBA colleague Susan Pugh).

She has also contributed to V&A public programmes with presentations on ‘Charles Holden and 55 Broadway’ and ‘Metroland and Art.


London Transport at War

An illustration of workers rebuilding a tube stationDate: Thursday 14 May 2020

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Nearly 80 years after the start of the Blitz and ahead of the re-opening of our London Transport at War gallery, we are hosting an evening event looking back at the crucial role London Transport played during the World Wars.

Keeping London moving during the worst days was an extraordinary achievement for London’s transport operators and staff, and their dedication to the war effort was realised in a number of ways. 

Join our Head Curator, Matt Brosnan, author and broadcaster Julie Summers, and founder of Twentieth Century Posters David Bownes for an engaging discussion and insight into the challenges of everyday life in wartime London, the opportunities it created, and the legacy still felt today in our modern city.


MacDonald Gill: Charting a Life

Date: Thursday 18 June 2020
Time: 19:00 – 20:30
Location: Covent Garden
Tickets: Adults £12; Concessions and LTM Friends £10, Students £6

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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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