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Mind the map!

— May 2012

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Detail of an illustrated map of London. Courtesy London Transport Museum

A new exhibition about the inspiration, history and creativity behind London transport maps opens on Friday 18 May 2012. Mind the Map: inspiring art, design and cartography  will draw on the Museum’s outstanding map collection to explore the themes of journeys, identity and publicity. The exhibition will be the largest of its kind and will include previously unseen historic material and exciting new artworks by leading artists including Simon Patterson, Stephen Walter, Susan Stockwell, Jeremy Wood, Claire Brewster, and Agnes Poitevin-Navarre. 

The displays will explore geographical, diagrammatic and decorative transport maps, as well as the influence of the iconic London Tube map on cartography, art and the public imagination.

The Underground, London Transport, and its successor Transport for London, have produced outstanding maps for over 100 years. These have not only shaped the city, they have inspired the world. 

Looking in particular at the relationship between identity and place, Mind the Map will explore the impact maps have had on our understanding of London and how they influence the way we navigate and engage with our surroundings.
 Mind the Map will be accompanied by an extensive public events programme and a book to be published by Lund Humphries - London Underground Maps: Art, Design and

Cartography (£35.00).

The exhibition will be displayed at London Transport Museum, Covent Garden Piazza, London, WC2E 7BB. 
Admission to the Mind the Map exhibition is included in the entry ticket to the main Museum galleries. 
Under 16s go free and adult tickets cost £13.50 (£10.00 for adult concessions) which allows free entry to all the Museum galleries for a whole year.

For further information visit or call 020 7565 7298.

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