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The story of how London's transport shaped the growth of our capital city

A fascinating dive into London's history with Edmund Bird, Heritage Manager

at Transport for London, in aid of Ruby's fund with CCLG.



Ruby loved the London Underground and dreamed of working for Transport for London one day. Cancer robbed her of her dreams, and we're fundraising in her memory to support research to find more effective blood cancer treatments. We're delighted to announce our next fundraising event - a fascinating talk about how London's transport shaped the growth of our capital city. Our speaker will be Edmund Bird, heritage advisor to Transport for London .


Tickets are available to attend the talk in person in station hall, Herne Hill (£10/ticket) where drinks and snacks will also be served (£10 per ticket). Alternatively, you can buy a ticket to view the event live via Zoom (or a recording after the event) (£5). All proceeds will go to charity (see below).

Edmund Bird is responsible for protecting the Transport for London's rich architectural heritage which includes over 100 listed Underground, Overground and TfL Rail stations, and many of the Thames bridges. Before taking up this post (in 2006) he was Head of Conservation at Lambeth and Camden councils. He has also written a five volume architectural history of Lambeth 1837-2000 commissioned by the Borough's Archives and Planning departments.

Ruby's family have set up Ruby's Live Kindly Live Loudly Fund in her memory with Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group (CCLG), to support research to find kinder and more effective blood cancer treatments. The proceeds from this event will all go to that fund. As part of their fundraising, Ruby's Mum & sister undertook the Tube Challenge in August 2021, aiming to get through all 270 London Underground stations in a single day. (They managed all but 1!) As part of this, Ruby's great-uncle-in-law, artist Stewart Walton, offered to paint tube stations with 1/3 of his fee going to Ruby's fund. Eight stations have been painted so far; you'll have a chance to see them at the end of the talk.

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