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'Under London By Rail: Memory, the Archive and Heritage'

Richard, Sam and Carlos’s ‘Cabinet of curiosities’

'Under London By Rail: Memory, the Archive and Heritage'

Professor Richard Dennis and Sam Merrill, in conjunction with Dr Carlos Galviz (School of Advanced Studies, University of London), are contributing a 'cabinet of curiosities' to the UCL Urban Laboratory's 'Cities Methodologies' exhibition which runs this year from 23rd to 26th April, in the UCL Slade Research Centre, Woburn Square.

Richard, Sam and Carlos's exhibit is entitled 'Under London By Rail: Memory, the Archive and Heritage'.  London Underground's recent 150th anniversary re-enactments of steam train operations raise questions about how we might recover 'real' experiences of past underground travel. In their exhibit, they investigate how different archival and commemorative approaches to the past inform one another, and what historical publications and 'living history' may contribute to the production of 'heritage', 'memory' and tomorrow's archive of today's reconstruction.

As well as the 'cabinet' of archives, reminiscences, memorabilia, video and sound recordings, (accommodated in a cabinet previously used by UCL geologist Eric Robinson for his explorations of the geology of London), they will be hosting a round-table discussion in the Slade Research Centre on Friday 26th April, 11.30-1.00. This will also involve Sam Mullins, Director of the London Transport Museum, and Dr David Lawrence, Senior Lecturer in Art, Design & architecture at Kingston University, an authority on both the art and practice of 'collecting' and the history of the Underground.

The exhibition and associated events are free and open to the public. Full details can be found at


(From left to right) Miles Irving, Richard Dennis, Sam Merrill and Carlos Galviz with the 'cabinet of curiosities'