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May 2014 / Diary / by Flora Hughes-Onslow

Goodbye Piccadilly

Shakespeare’s 450th anniversary, 75 years since TV was first introduced to the public and 25 years since Harry met Sally; 2014 is chock-a-block with memorable milestones. But most significantly for us Londoners, this year also marks the centenary of World War I, and the London Transport Museum is commemorating the event with a major exhibition exploring the untold story of the city’s Home Front.

Goodbye Piccadilly sheds light on the remarkable contribution of everyone from mechanics and bus conductors to the women who banded together to play a crucial role in the war effort, blazing a trail for the next generation by proving their importance in the workforce and society at large.

Not only focusing on the pioneering work of the first feminist movements, the exhibition will also study how the conflict accelerated social change in all areas of London life. And with attractions and wartime relics including ‘Ole Bill’, a 1911 B-type bus used on the Western Front throughout the war, plus rarely seen and wonderfully bold First World War recruitment and propaganda posters, we take our hats off to the LTM for this unique and stimulating take on the history of our Capital.

Goodbye Piccadilly, London Transport Museum, WC2E 7BB; ltmuseum.co.uk