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Under Attack: London Transport Museum

Exhibition preview

AN EXHIBITION commemorating the 70th anniversary of the start of the Blitz in England and the 65th anniversary of the Dresden bombing, is on display at the London Transport Museum.

Entitled Under Attack: London, Coventry, Dresden, it runs from September 7, 2010 to March 31, 2011.

The aerial bombing raids, known in Britain as the Blitz, defined the wartime experience of many European cities. This exhibition tells the story from the perspective of public transport in London, Coventry and Dresden, and illustrates the struggle to keep these cities moving during the Second World War.

The exhibition will focus on the role that public transport played in helping to create a sense of identity and normality. In particular, it will seek to explore the areas of commonality, as well as difference, and convey the shared experience of people from all walks of life – irrespective of nationality.

The exhibition will also explore some of the myths and reality of the wartime experience and review the changing nature of popular memory in relation to the Blitz attacks in England and the Firestorm in Dresden.

A series of unique displays will show how each city prepared for war and the contrasting role of their transport systems. In London and Coventry, public transport was used to evacuate children and others out of the city, whilst in Dresden, the city itself was regarded as a shelter with transport bringing refugees into the centre.

Visitors will be encouraged to consider the effect of the bombing campaigns and reflect on the part played by transport in keeping the cities moving and in bolstering public morale in the face of attack.

Under Attack has been developed in partnership with Coventry Transport Museum and the Verkehrsmuseum Dresden.

There is also a series of events and talks relating to the exhibition. For more information visit the Website

Tickets: Adults £10; Senior citizens £8; students £6; Children under 16 free, children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Times: Monday to Thursday, Saturday and Sunday 10am to 6pm (last admission 5.15pm); Friday 11am to 6pm (last admission 5.15pm).

London Transport Museum, Covent Garden Piazza, London, WC2E 7BB