Ian Swankie:

Underground Cathedrals: the Architecture of London Underground, above and below street level


Organised by the Arts Society Abingdon, guide and lecturer Ian Swankie goes behind the scenes of the world’s first underground railway – an institution with a wonderful heritage of architecture, ingenious design, powerful advertising posters, and unique calligraphy. Native Londoner Ian plots the early development of the railway and examines the legacy of Frank Pick and Charles Holden, looking at some iconic posters and celebrating the award-winning architecture of the modern ‘Tube’. He will also take a peek at some of the forthcoming Crossrail stations designed by some of the world’s top architects.


Wedneday 20th March 2pm at Trinity Church, Conduit Road, Abingdon.

Tickets £6 on the door - Festival Pass holders can attend for free.



About Ian Swankie


A native Londoner, Ian Swankie is a guide and a lecturer with a special interest in art and architecture.


He is an accredited lecturer for The Arts Society, a fully qualified City of London tour guide, a City of Westminster guide and a green badge holder from the Institute of Tourist Guiding. He's an official guide at Tate Modern and Tate Britain, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Guildhall Art Gallery. He is also a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Art Scholars.


About The Arts Society Abingdon


The Arts Society Abingdon, founded in 1994 as Abingdon Decorative and Fine Arts Society (ADFAS), is a flourishing member society of The Arts Society. It is one of more than 340 societies in the UK and Europe which subscribe to The Arts Society's aims and objectives - the advancement of arts education and appreciation and the preservation of our artistic heritage.


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