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Hannah Dadds Tribute Unveiled

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05 June 2019

Hannah Dadds Tribute Unveiled

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.

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