29 May 2010 - 31 March 2011
Overground Uncovered: life along the line, celebrates the new London Overground line - London's first major public transport development for over ten years. The exhibition explores over 160 years of history and innovation behind the building of the new line and Brunel's Thames Tunnel, and provides a snapshot of cultural highlights along the way.
The exhibition is presented in three galleries, Connecting Communities, The Thames Tunnel and A new train set for London.
The new line runs along some of the oldest and most fascinating areas of London. Using photographs, posters from the Museum's collection of iconic graphic art, and objects from the past, this gallery highlights local curiosities, and juxtaposes the old with the new to give a lively introduction to the history and attractions of the areas along the line.
The Thames Tunnel
The epic story of the building of the Thames Tunnel between 1825 and 1843 by the famous 19th century engineer Marc Brunel and his son Isambard Kingdom Brunel, and its subsequent but short-lived life as a major tourist attraction is told in this gallery.
A new train set for London
The science behind the new technology of the London Overground is made simple with time lapse video footage showing the construction of the new trains, John Sturrock's striking photography - which documents the development of the line, and time lapse photography showing the construction of the new bridge at Shoreditch. Sitting alongside a graphic representation of the orbital railway, the Top Trumps exhibit compares the features of the new trains with the old steam locomotives of the 1870s, whilst The Regeneration Game explains the green technology behind the innovative and energy efficient regenerative braking system.