Happy 150th Belated Birthday London Tube!

I never was any good at remembering birthdays.

Yesterday was the London Underground’s 150th birthday. That’s right – the Tube began services on January 9, 1863 with a 3.5 mile steam-powered journey between Paddington and Farringdon. Read more about the impact of the Tube on literature, music, and art in The Telegraph. Check out 150th Anniversary events at the London Transport Museum’s website. Celebrate by browsing their excellent poster collection online. There was a special Google Doodle yesterday for the birthday, but alas, it was only in the UK – I was a bit miffed.

Commemorative Royal Mail stamps for the London Underground’s 150th Birthday. Photo: The Telegraph.

About Becky Fifield

Becky Fifield is a cultural heritage professional with 25 years experience in institutions large and small. She is currently Head of Collection Management for the Special Collections of the New York Public Library. An advocate for preventive conservation, Ms. Fifield is a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation, Chair of the AIC Collection Care Network, and former Chair of Alliance for Response NYC. She is also a scholar of 18th century female unfree labor and dress. There's a bit of pun in the title The Still Room, delineating a quiet space brimming with the ingredients of memory, where consideration, analysis, and wordcraft can take place. Ms. Fifield’s interests include museum practice, dress history, historic preservation, transit, social and women’s history, food, current events, geneaology, roadtrips, and considerations on general sense of place. Becky and her husband, Dr. V, live in the Hudson Valley.