(N64) INSPIRED PROJECT - Subway History: October 2013 - October 2014

A very successful event was organised on OPEN HOUSE weekend (21/22 September 2013) which allowed over 500 people to visit the Crystal Palace subway. The group Friends of the Crystal Palace Subway (link) managed the visits over two days in decent weather (a similar much smaller event a year ago was seriously wet...) with the help of a band of volunteers and on-site (professional) first aider and security. No accidents, no mishaps, no problems.. just a "see you next year and thanks" greeting from almost everyone.

During discussion amongst the Friends and the preparation of the documentation for the handout-leaflet on the history of the subway, it was quite clear that, in fact, very little was known about the subway itself. Who designed it? What happened to the band of Italian crypt craftsment who were imported to build the subway? Did they stay or did they go? Where are the original drawings? What's in the fabric of the design which has allowed the subway to keep relatively dry even after being open to the eelements at both ends for over 50 years?


A Heritage Lottery funded project called "Inspired" (link to Inspired website) has begun and is led by Sue Giovanni, a local resident and documentary film-maker. CAN YOU HELP? This is the project leaflet and information...

subway project leaflet


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22/10/13 Last updated 22/10/13;1/12/2013