Londoners Reni Eddo-Lodge and Emma Watson are collaborating with author Rebecca Solnit and geographer Joshua Jelly-Schapiro to reimagine London’s classic tube map. The new public history project ‘City of London Women’ will redraw Transport for London’s underground map by naming each stop after a woman, non-binary person or a group who have had an impact on the city’s history.
Produced and packaged as a large poster, this will be an ideal gift that will find a place in museums and art stores as well as bookshops across London and beyond.
The women and non-binary people allocated to each station were identified through a multi-layered research process, beginning with an open call for suggestions. Some of these figures are household names while others are unsung heroes from London’s hidden histories, yet each has a connection to the areas they have been allocated. The names are selected by the authors of this project, with input from an advisory group made up of academics, writers, activists and historians.
Due to Covid restrictions, the launch of City of London Women has been delayed until International Women’s Day 2022.
‘How does it impact our imaginations that so many places in so many cities are named after men and so few after women? What kind of landscape do we move through when streets and parks and statues and bridges are gendered … and it’s usually one gender, and not another? What kind of silence arises in places that so seldom speak of and to women? This map was made to sing the praises of the extraordinary women who have, since the beginning, been shapers and heroes of this city that has always been, secretly, a City of Women. And why not the subway? This is a history still emerging from underground, a reminder that it’s all connected, and that we get around.’ –Rebecca Solnit