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Crossrail project books

Crossrail has produced a number of publications throughout the delivery of the new railway covering a wide range of topics. Information about each of the books and links to purchase them is available below.

Design and architecture

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Platform for Design

A book by architecture critic and RIBA Journal editor Hugh Pearman, has was published by Crossrail Ltd to coincide with the launch of ‘the design line’ exhibition, which opened at the London Transport Museum in June 2016.

With over 150 visualisations and photographs, the book explores the design of the railway’s new and upgraded stations, the new public spaces, the trains and the artworks being delivered by Crossrail, Europe’s biggest infrastructure project.

The book is available to buy from the London Transport Museum in Covent Garden and through their online shop.

Archaeology

The discoveries unearthed during the construction of Europe’s largest infrastructure project are to be explored in a series of ten new books by Crossrail, Oxford Archaeology Ramboll and the Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA).

Since construction began in 2009, more than 200 archaeologists have unearthed over 10,000 objects from 40 locations, spanning 55 million years. The new railway, which will operate as the Elizabeth line when the services open for passengers in December 2018, runs east to west through some of the capital’s most significant historical areas.

The full series of 10 books will be published over the next 18 months, and will explore a wide range of periods and locations, including: Historic buildings along the route; Railway heritage; the development of Soho and the West End; the Crosse & Blackwell factory at Tottenham Court Road; the investigations at Charterhouse Square at Farringdon; Pre-historic east London; and the Roman and Post-Medieval remains at Liverpool Street.

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Crossrail archaeology - Stepney Green: Moated Manor House to City Farm

Excavating the site of a Moated Manor House in Stepney Green for Crossrail brought to life the history of this part of east London and through community digs provided an opportunity for local people to uncover their local heritage. 

The book highlights the range of archaeological discoveries made, including a 15th Century moated mansion, a 16th Century bowling ball and fine Italian glassware. It also includes personal accounts from local people that lived in the area during WWII, bringing this account of the East End up to the modern day.

The book is available to purchase on the Museum of London Archaeology website.

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Crossrail archaeology - The Thames Ironworks 1837 - 1912: A Major Shipbuilder On The Thames

Excavating the remains of the Thames Iron Works for Crossrail provided a remarkable opportunity to uncover the workings of one of Britain’s great Victorian shipbuilders.

Combining the archaeological findings with historical accounts, drawings, maps and photographs has revealed the forgotten story of the people that worked at the iron works. It also sheds light on many of their fascinating projects, from the HMS Warrior- the first armour-plated, iron-hulled ocean-going warship, to the cylinder ship Cleopatra that transported Cleopatra’s Needle from Egypt.

The book is available to purchase on the Museum of London Archaeology website.

Tunnelling

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Breakthrough: Crossrail's tunnelling story

Following the completion of Crossrail's tunnelling marathon under London, Crossrail published a new book that celebrates this major milestone for the project.  

Teams of dedicated workers spent three years under the city to complete the tunnels, working with 1,000 tonnes boring machines and the latest engineering technology. With over 150 stunning photographs, explore how some of the deepest,largest and longest tunnels have been made in one of the most extensive underground building projects in a generation.

The book is available to buy from the London Transport Museum in Covent Garden and through their online shop.

10,000 People Employed

Over 10,000 people are currently working with Crossrail across 40 worksites throughout London and the South East.