Links Signs is proud to have partnered with London Underground Ltd to produce a tribute to Hannah Dadds. Hannah made history as the first ever female Tube train driver. The vitreous enamel plaque was unveiled recently at a ceremony at Upton Park station. It takes pride of place on a wall of the station’s District line platform, celebrating Hannah’s achievements. In addition, it forms part of a larger celebration marking 150 years of the District line.
Following the introduction of the Sex Discrimination Act in 1975, Hannah joined the driver training course. Qualifying in 1978, Hannah drove trains on the District line, and also the Bakerloo and Jubilee lines. Because of her pioneering achievement, hundreds more women have followed in her footsteps in the years since.
Rather than applying a photographic transfer to the plaque’s vitreous enamel surface, we made the decision to use a duotone screen printing technique. The vintage photo of Hannah, forming the centrepiece of the design, is instead carefully screen printed using our finest mesh screens. The image comprises hundreds of thousands of tiny screen printed dots. We print a layer of blue dots first, followed by another layer of black dots. We then framed the plaque with powder coated aluminium extrusions before installing the piece at the chosen location.
You can find out more about Hannah Dadds by following this link to the London Transport Museum.Back to News
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A pleasure to work with Links again on such a poignant programme. Delivering amazing high quality. Very much looking forward to working together again in the future.Robert Varney – Engagement Officer (North) & TfL Charities Scheme Manager
Links Signs took on the challenge to provide the awards for the first Transport for London Supplier Awards. Using products and materials that are supplied to TfL for our station signage, Links created very impressive plaques for our winners and runners up. Throughout the production process Links kept TfL up to date with images, delivery schedule and were always on hand to clarify any queries. We look forward to working with them again next year.Amanda Green – Transport for London
Link Signs provide a first class service throughout the design, production and delivery process. I worked closely with the team on a high profile project, with requirements changing on a sometimes daily basis. Links Signs went and above and beyond to meet our requirements and surpassed our expectations. I would highly recommend and endorse working with Link Signs.Catherine Villegas – Project Manager, Transport for London
The team at Links Signs provide unfailing support and flexibility, which enables us to develop ambitious schemes and be confident of the highest quality results. Working with them has transformed the way we approach our exhibition design.Catherine Harvey – Hastings Museum Office & Keeper of World Art
Links Signs successfully managed a complex project overseeing the manufacture and installation of 48 panels to create a bespoke mural on the Transport for London (TfL) owned bridge and the station entrance at Northwood Hills station. Links ensured not only that all the technical and engineering requirements of TfL were met but also that the extensive colour hues specified by mural artists Gordon Collett and Cosmo Sarson were achieved. The finished result is wonderful, as summed up by Mayor of London Boris Johnson when he visited ‘My God, it’s beautiful! Did we do this? The murals – they’re sensational!’ He added: ‘I think it’s all fantastic, really imaginative. I’m very proud.’Helena Webster – Town Centre Improvements Team Manager, London Borough of Hillingdon
Links Signs are experienced, professional and offer great value for money. I know I am in safe hands when I am working with them.Mariam Zulfiqar – Freelance Curator