Tuesday 23rd May – 20th meeting of 2017
After our great holiday we met on the first Tuesday back home to go to the Crossrail exhibition at Museum of London, Docklands to view the special exhibition running until 3rd September – Tunnel: The Archaeology of Crossrail.
Museum of London, Docklands is nestled in the heart of Canary Wharf and can be accessed from Canary Wharf tube, Jubilee line or DLR West India Quay. Our choice DLR from Lewisham Main Line, and a short lovely walk to the Museum. This part of London I find amazing. The work which has gone on since the closing of the London Docks is marvellous. It still has a watery feel to it and with many of the old warehouse buildings being transferred into modern restaurants, work places, shops etc and the Museum itself is in one of the warehouse blocks, it is a lovely part of London to visit.
Our first stop was the cafe in the Museum for a drink and catch-up chat. Lots of talk about after our holiday. After a little rest we went to the exhibition. Entry into the Museum is free as is the special exhibition.
Crossrail will be London’s newest railway and will be known as Elizabeth line. This line will run east from Reading and Heathrow to Abbey Wood and Shenfield and will stop at 40 stations, 10 newly built and 30 newly upgraded. The first part will open in December 2018 with the full line running December 2019.
The exhibition showcased about 500 of the items that have been uncovered during the building of the line and also showed how tunneling and building of the railway line has been possible. Items found told the story of London from Roman, a roman coin is shown, up until recently times with a large section showing the story of the Crosse and Blackwell factory with jam and marmalade that have been unearthed that date from late 19th to early 20’s century. Many human bones were found and they are three skeletons on display.
Along side the exhibits the story of how this has been accomplished. This marvellous engineering project is shown with photos, films, maps and plans. It is the largest engineering project in Europe.
We found this a very interesting exhibition and gave to me an insight into the work and skill that is needed to make this new railway line become a reality.
A very enjoyable day and I think we may return to the Museum at a later date to look at some of the other parts available.