Crossrail is a 24 hours, 7 days a week operation, and our workers are hard at work constructing a new railway for London. Crossrail holds and takes part in events relating to a variety of topics throughout the year. You can find out about all current and planned Crossrail events on this page.
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Current and planned events:
- Last chance behind the hoardings events
- The Secret Life of a Megaproject
- Art Capital - Art on the Elizabeth line
- London Crossrail fossil finds on display at Natural History Museum
LAST CHANCE BEHIND THE HOARDINGS
2018 is a historic year for Crossrail. The programme to deliver the new Elizabeth line is now over 90 per cent complete. It will open through central London in December this year, transforming travel in the city.
2018 has also been marked as the Year of Engineering, a nation-wide campaign which celebrates the world of engineering and looks to inspire the next generation. The campaign aims to tackle the engineering skills gap and widen the pool of young people who join the profession to help deliver the next wave of infrastructure projects.
As part of this campaign, Crossrail is opening its doors to nine of the new central station sites from Paddington to Woolwich this year. These events will give you the chance to get behind the hoardings, see the future Elizabeth line stations under construction and experience this major infrastructure project at work.
Next event: Custom House station
- Date: Friday 23 March 2018
- Booking details: This tour is now fully booked.
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The Secret Life of a Megaproject
Get inspired by the engineering on Crossrail, one of the largest megaprojects ever undertaken in the UK.
Uncover the lesser-known stories from the project in a new family exhibition where you can take a journey deep underground into the tunnels and stations with never-before-seen construction video, hear personal stories from the new generation of engineers who are making it happen, and learn how the project is benefitting the capital and the whole country through interactive maps.
Objects on display also include a drone used as part of construction, the original prototype of the new Elizabeth line roundel and a selection of archaeological finds unearthed during the build.
- This exhibition is part of the Year of Engineering campaign.
- Exhibition opens Friday 23 March 2018 at London Transport Museum, Covent Garden.
Digging Deeper exhibition
A new exhibition which explores stories of remarkable engineering feats, including Crossrail. Visitors can experience a large audio-visual tunnel projection and a life-size recreation of the tunnelling shield that dug the world's first electric Tube railway in 1890.
Easter family fun at the London Transport Museum
Go on a tunnelling discovery through time in family 'Storytime' and 'Stay and Play' activities. Find out how tunnel boring machines helped to shape the underground network and how tunnelling excavations have also led to creating new habitats.
Easter family activities are being held Friday 30 March to Sunday 15 April.
ART CAPITAL: ART FOR THE ELIZABETH LINE
Spectacular new public art commissions by British and international artists will be unveiled across London from December 2018.
Nine artists are creating ten works of public art that will be integrated into seven of the new Elizabeth line stations to create a unique exhibition that reflects the ambition of London’s newest railway and the communities it serves.
The artists’ plans are currently on display at Art Capital: Art for the Elizabeth line, a new exhibition at Whitechapel Gallery. The exhibition showcases the ideas of all nine artists who have been selected for the Crossrail Art Programme.
In the first overview of the Crossrail artworks, material such as maquettes, sketches and prototypes are currently on display in Whitechapel Gallery's project and archive spaces. The exhibition reveals the artists’ ideas and the complex process for turning artistic proposals into deliverable public art.
- Date: 13 March 2018 - 6 May 2018
- Location: Galleries 4, 5 & 6, Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High St, London, E1 7QX
- Curator: Whitechapel Gallery in partnership with Crossrail.
The new public art for the Elizabeth line is being commissioned by the Crossrail Art Foundation which has raised funds from corporate sponsors, with match funding from the City of London Corporation.
London Crossrail fossil finds on display at Natural History Museum
Now on display at the Natural History Museum
Archaeologists working on Crossrail have donated a piece of 55-million-year-old amber and a woolly mammoth jawbone fragment unearthed in London to the Natural History Museum.
Two of them are now on display in the Museum's Lasting Impressions gallery.
Found at Crossrail's Canary Wharf site, they are part of a vast and diverse set of specimens that have been dug up during the railway's construction.