Underground Art

 Image from Paul Cunliffe.wordpress.com

Image from Paul Cunliffe.wordpress.com

The controversial Elgin marbles from the British Museum were kept safe from harm during the war in London's Underground during World War II. In 1948 they were returned overground to the museum.

 Works returning from storage in Piccadilly Underground station in 1946. Tate archive

Works returning from storage in Piccadilly Underground station in 1946. Tate archive

Artworks from the Tate collection were also kept safe underground during the war at the Piccadilly Circus station tunnels in London. They were brought back from exile to the museum in 1946.