Friday 3 July 2020

London Transport Museum -

Beck's diagrammatic tube map
Mapping the way
This week, we're celebrating one of London's most iconic designs - the Tube map.

The 'diagrammatic' map, designed by Harry Beck in 1931, is internationally recognised as an excellent piece of design and has inspired cities around the world to mimic Beck's concept - as well as being used as inspiration behind art pieces - from LEGO to acrylic paint!

What's your favourite version of the map?

Early Underground tube mapBeck's diagrammatic tube mapNight tube map

Discover the history of the Tube map
From London's first public transport maps in the 1860s to new versions like the Night Tube map, discover the history of the Tube map with our gallery and story!
The Tube map story
Discover more on Collections Online
We've got almost 7,000 map records on our Collections Online! Take a deep delve and explore over 200 years of map history. Including some weird and wonderful maps like the three below!

Map; Underground map made using Lego, 2013Map; Pocket District Railway map Jubilee editionGreen Line Coach Routes

Maps on Collections Online
How well do you know your Tube map?
Do you know your Overground from your Emirates Airline? Think you know what colour the Elizabeth line will be?

Test out your Tube map knowledge with our latest quiz! Don't forget to share your results with us on social media too.
Take the quiz
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How well do you know your tube map
Map posters for your home
Bring the Tube map into your home! Our range of posters includes many maps - from decorative maps of London by renowned artist MacDonald Gill to tube maps from as early as 1908, to modern versions of the map like the Tate or Chelsea Flower Show posters.

See some of our favourites below and click the buttons to shop even more map posters.

The Tate Gallery by Tube, by David Booth of the agency Fine White Line, 1987.To the cinemas, by Cecil Walter Bacon, 1934Chelsea Flower Show

Underground Map issued 1908
Underground Film Map Poster
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