Underground Journeys

Underground Journeys: Charles Holden's designs for London Transport

In this online exhibition discover how during the 1920s and 1930s, London Underground symbolised modern Britain and Charles Holden's designs defined modern British architecture. 


Entrance design for Highgate underground station|
An overview of Holden's work for the Underground

Fitness for Purpose|

Photos of Charles Holden and Frank Pick|
Early collaboration between Holden and Frank Pick

Moving Underground|

Photo of full scale mock-up of Clapham South underground station|
Northern line extension and renewal of existing stations

The Heart Of London

New headquarters of the London Electric Railway Company, 55 Broadway|
55 Broadway and the 'new' Piccadilly Circus

Changing the face of London Underground|

Poster for the Opening of the Piccadilly line extension|
European influences and the Piccadilly line extension

Integrated Design

Photograph of standard London Transport roadside bus and coach shelter from 1934|
Attention to detail on the London Transport system

'Holdenesque'  |

Redbridge underground station|
Later designs and conflict with Frank Pick

Holden's Legacy|

West Ham underground station|
Holden's enduring impact on railway architecture 

Your thoughts

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Based on the exhibition 'Underground Journeys: Charles Holden's designs for London Transport' from the V&A+RIBA Architecture Partnership.

Curator: Fiona Orsini (RIBA Library Drawings and Archives Collections)

02 October 2010 - 13 February 2011
Room 128a, Architecture Gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum