Gower Street to Euston Square: A local history of the Underground (15 Jan 2013) by UCL Sound published on 2013/01/22 16:40:44 +0000 Lunch Hour Lectures - Spring 2013 Prof Richard Dennis, Professor of Human Geography, UCL Geography The world’s first underground railway, the Metropolitan, steam-powered and running underneath Euston Road, opened in January 1863. The early history of underground travel in London was beset by the problems of asphyxiation, inadequate lighting, accidents, explosions and crime; countered by the opportunities for improved connectivity, speed and intimacy. This lecture will focus on the 19th and early 20th century history of the Underground, as seen through the lens of UCL’s local station. - UCL is consistently ranked as one of the world's top universities. Across all disciplines our faculties are known for their research-intensive approaches, academic excellence and engagement with global challenges. This is the basis of our world-renowned degree programmes. Visit us at ucl.ac.uk.