As the new areas of Gatwick Airport Railway station were opened last Tuesday (21st November), visitors to the station were also able to see for the first time, a wonderful exhibition, showing the timeline of how Gatwick came into being.

With most of the research done by local historian Bruce Healey, and the panels for the exhibition designed and produced by 35 Creatives, commissioned by GTR, this exhibition was the brainchild of GTR Change Manager, Paul O’Brien and SCRP Community Development Officers, Sharon Gray and Rowena Tyler.

This small project team of four wanted to make good use of the spacious area above Platforms 5 and 6, and encourage visitors to the station to learn about the inception of Gatwick, right from its early days in the 13th Century, when the land was known as Gatewycke, through the Spitfire years and of course, when the airport was opened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 1958, making it the first integral road, rail and air hub in the world.

Funders include Coast to Capital, Gatwick Airport Limited (GAL), Network Rail and GTR

Photographs were obtained or donated from various sources, including the contractors who were involved in the various modernisation projects, such as the most recent one in 2022/23.