WWI exhibition at London Transport Museum

Date Posted: 12/05/2014

Goodbye Piccadilly – from Home Front to Western Front, opening on 16th May, reveals the untold story of London transport’s contribution to the war effort.

The exhibition will commemorate and explore the stories of how drivers took their buses to the Front; how women advanced into the transport workforce for the first time and how Londoners came under deadly attack from the air as war came to the capital.

Goodbye Piccadilly will explore how the conflict accelerated social change, how it impacted on the lives of Londoners and the essential role undertaken by bus service staff and buses in the war effort, both at home and abroad.

A key theme of the exhibition will be to examine the lives of women who were employed on a large scale to do the jobs previously occupied by men, including working as bus conductors and mechanics on London buses.

Highlights of the display include a 1911 B-type bus on loan from IWM, World War One recruitment posters and a 1914 female bus conductor’s uniform.

A series of talks and ‘Friday Lates’ will accompany the exhibition. These feature a talk on WWI propaganda posters by David Bownes, assistant director at the National Army Museum, and BBC chief news correspondent Kate Adie reveals the ways in which women’s lives changed during World War One and the lasting impact a 100 years on.

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