Explore London After Dark With Night Shift At London Transport Museum

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Explore London After Dark With Night Shift At London Transport Museum

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Just because you've finished work doesn't mean curtains for your travelcard, by Trevor Caley

Explore London's nocturnal transport system with London Transport Museum's latest exhibition: Night Shift.

The introduction of electric and gas street lighting at the end of the 19th century revolutionised London's nightlife. The museum's latest show examines the impact these technological changes had on its transport infrastructure. From new opportunities for pleasure seekers to increased demands from night workers, London's nightlife was changing.

The exhibition collates beautiful posters highlighting the rise of the West End while archive photographs and films document the development of transport to meet the needs of London's night workers. The Night Shift exhibition also reflects on using the Tube for shelter during the war, the burgeoning clubbing scene and recent hard-hitting safety campaigns, casting new light on contemporary, 24-hour London.

Look out for the Night Shift events calendar too, for more ways to explore the themes of this London Transport Museum exhibition.

Night Shift runs from 11 September to 10 April at London Transport Museum, Covent Garden, WC2E 7BB. Entry to the museum costs £16 or £13.50 for concessions and allows unlimited daytime access to all exhibitions and events for 12 months from date of purchase. Children go free.

For a taste of the items on display, click through the gallery below:

First night bus outside Piccadilly Station, 1913
Brighter London for Theatreland, Harold Sandys Williamson, 1924
Way to Theatreland, Reginald Percy Gossop, 1927
Floodlighting, Harold Sandys Williamson, 1931
The city at night: Southgate Underground Station, 1933
Southgate Underground Station, 1933
By bus to the pictures tonight, Tom Eckersley and Eric Lombers, 1935
London After Dark, Fred Millett, 1986
To boldly go where no Night bus has gone before, Artist Unknown, 1984

Last Updated 26 August 2015