Hidden London, an exhibition which reveals the secrets of the Underground, won the Temporary or Touring Exhibition of the Year category at the 18th annual Museums + Heritage Awards on Tuesday evening, 22 September 2020.
For the first time, this years ceremony was held online. Posh frocks and bow ties may have been missing but the excitement was palpable with live streams on Facebook and YouTube allowing professionals from museums, galleries and heritage visitor attractions across the UK and overseas to celebrate the most ground-breaking initiatives of last year.
Hidden London The Exhibition gives the visitor a chance to experience an abandoned Tube station underworld and discover the secrets that lurk beneath our busy streets. From stories about Churchill sheltering at the height of the Blitz to tales about a subterranean aircraft factory housed in the Central line tunnels during the Second World War, this eerie yet informative exhibition clearly captivated the judges as much as it has the Museums thousands of visitors.
The team of judges was especially impressed by how the look and feel of an abandoned station environment was transported to an exhibition space in a museum. The innovative blend of exhibition and experience certainly captures the viewers imagination. The judges said the number and variety of rare archive photos, objects, vintage posters, secret diagrams and decorative tiles brought together in one place was very ambitious and truly original.
Matt Brosnan, Head Curator at London Transport Museum
, who accepted the gong on the night, said: Our Hidden London exhibition has proved a huge hit with our visitors and I am thrilled that this has been recognised by our peers across the country and overseas. We are living through tough times, especially for museums, galleries and the heritage sector, so receiving this award on behalf of my colleagues is particularly rewarding.
Chris Nix, Assistant Director for Collections and Engagement at London Transport Museum, said: Winning this national prize for our Hidden London exhibition is not only wonderful news but a huge motivating factor in these difficult circumstances. Our Museum doors are now open and with our Thursday late opening there is still a chance to catch this immersive exhibition over the coming months.
The Hidden London exhibition was designed by Skellon Studio and Seeing Things who worked closely with the London Transport Museum team to make the visitor experience truly immersive, accessible and educational. The exhibition is held in the Global Gallery at London Transport Museum, in the heart of Covent Garden, London.