Suburbia @ London Transport Museum

By Lindsey Last edited 170 months ago
Suburbia @ London Transport Museum

suburbia.png If there's a reader amongst you that hasn't been to the London Transport Museum then please pay attention - the admission ticket is better value than ever before now that the Suburbia exhibition has opened.

Tracing the development of the commuter belt from earliest Golders Green days out to the farthest rural reaches of Zone 6 and beyond, this perky exhibition gaily explores how public transport shaped the suburbs, how city workers were attracted to the outskirts for the idyllic home and gnome and how cross-London travel was promoted to the early suburbanites, luring them into town to play and out of town to live.

The exhibition uses posters, photographs, publicity material and artefacts to explore the influence of suburban sprawl on design, architecture, lifestyles and pop culture. It's great for the kids (and the kid in you) with flaps to lift up, drawers to pull out and the whole thing is beautifully designed in bright colours, emblazoned with the wonderful Suburbia logo, shaped out of a huge suburban privet. It's also bang up to date with a quiz that tests your ability to identify tunes coming out of another passenger's tinny headphones and photos streamed from Flickr, showing your suburbia.

It's a fantastic addition to the already ace permanent collection and with a programme of events and the return of Friday Lates, there's really no excuse not to go.

Suburbia is open until 31 March 2010 at London Transport Museum. Click here for Opening hours and admission prices. Check out other coverage of London Transport Museum on Londonist

Last Updated 20 October 2009