Day 29: 29th January

Friday, 29 January 2010

Museum Tunnel

This tunnel, running from South Kensington underground station was built in 1884 for visitors to exhibitions in the area. At that time a toll of 1d (one old penny) was charged to pass through. In 1886 the exhibitions moved to Earl's Court, leaving the Metropolitan District Railway with a useless tunnel. For many years it was only opened on special occasions, and a suggestion in 1906 that it be extended to serve the Royal Albert Hall was rejected.

On 21st of December 1908 the tunnel was opened permanently, free of charge, and the current exits serving the Victoria & Albert and Natural History museums were opened in 1913.

I love the Victorian tiling and glimpses of sunlight which come through the roof in places.

1/8, F2.8, 5.8mm

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