Talks: Wartime Posters, Bethnal Green Disaster And The Blitz Legacy

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Talks: Wartime Posters, Bethnal Green Disaster And The Blitz Legacy

London Transport Museum continues its fascinating run of WWII events.

On Tuesday 1 March, Head Curator David Bownes and art historian Jonathan Black discuss London Transport's posters during the conflict. The modernist designs provided information on where to shelter and how to keep to the blackout, as well as celebrating everyday heroism and looking forward to a bright post-war future.

The horrific 1943 disaster at Bethnal Green Tube station is the subject of the 'Fatal Crush' talk on Tuesday 8 March. Novelist Jessica Francis Kane and museum Head Curator David Bownes describe how 173 people lost their lives in the rush to take shelter, during an air raid false alarm. The talk coincides with the launch of Jessica’s novel ‘The Report’, and is organised as part of the Under Attack: London, Coventry and Dresden exhibition.


Then, on Tuesday 22 March, author, social historian and former editor of History Today Juliet Gardiner reflects on the legacy of the Blitz. How did the unprecedented physical and psychological damage to the country influence post-war Britain, and does the Blitz still have an influence on our lives today?

All events cost £8 (adults), £6 (senior citizens), £4 (students) and begin at 6.30pm. Phone 020 7565 7298 to book tickets.

Finally, another chance to snoop around the Museum’s Depot, Acton arrives on 12-13 March. The Depot contains hundreds of vehicles, posters, signs and other items related to the capital's transport. Tickets are £10 adults, £8 senior citizens, £6.50 concessions. Accompanied children under 16 Free.

This post is in partnership with London Transport Museum.

Last Updated 23 February 2011